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Environment

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

Planning Policy Statement 25 (Development and Flood Risk) published in December 2006 requires local planning authorities to prepare strategic flood risk assessments (SFRA) in consultation with the Environment Agency.

A strategic flood risk assessment was jointly commissioned by the Council's of Nottingham City, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Erewash and was supported by the Environment Agency, Nottingham Regeneration Limited and Severn Trent Water.

The aim of the Greater Nottingham Strategic Flood Risk Assessment was to produce floodplain mapping and data which can be used as a planning tool to help us steer new development away from those areas of highest flood risk.

The Greater Nottingham SFRA will therefore form part of the comprehensive evidence base to inform the Local Development Framework and will be used in conjunction with the existing flood maps held by the Environment Agency as a material consideration when determining planning applications.

A briefing note has been prepared by the Environment Agency which explains some of the context to the preparation of the strategic flood risk assessment and how it should be used. A map is also provided below to demonstrate the areas that have been covered by the SFRA.

You can access a 'general' volume of the SFRA which covers the whole area and a separate volume specifically for Erewash Borough Council. However, due to the complexity of the maps included within the study, the file sizes are too large to be hosted on the website.

To request a CD copy of the full strategic flood risk assessment, please contact the Policy and Development Team on 0115 9072244 (ext 3152, 3153, 3154).

The Greater Nottingham Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (GNSFRA) originally issued in July 2008 has been updated to take into account more recent flood modelling undertaken through Nottingham to take account of the Nottingham Left Bank Flood Alleviation Scheme (the GNSFRA 2010 update mainly affects Sawley and Long Eaton in Erewash).

Water Cycle Study

A study of the infrastructure associated with water resources, water supply, water quality, the disposal of waste water and the protection of homes from possible flooding in Greater Nottingham.

The Cleaner, Greener Energy Study (CGES) has been produced specifically for the partners of Derby City Council, Erewash Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and Amber Valley Borough Council. The Cleaner Greener Energy Study aims were three fold, resulting in three individual reports:

  • Prepare an ‘evidence base’ for Erewash Local Development Frameworks (LDF), establishing the potential for the decentralised and renewable or low-carbon sources of energy and recommending carbon standards for future development.
  • Prepare recommendations on key carbon reduction opportunities (responding to the NI 186 performance targets), including analysis of options for the delivery of renewable energy generation. This work has particular focus on Derby city as a model which could be utilised.
  • Providing guidance on sustainable construction issues (for Development Control officers and the developer community).

 The 3 reports can be accessed below:

Cleaner Greener Energy Study

Erewash Borough Council (which is part of Derbyshire but located in the Nottingham Housing Market Area), Amber Valley, Derby City and South Derbyshire authorities together with Derbyshire County Council have appointed specialist consultants to prepare a study on renewable energy covering the administrative areas of the partner authorities.

The study identifies the potential for decentralised and renewable and low carbon sources of energy across the partner authorities and recommends carbon standards for future development. It also provides guidance on sustainable construction issues (for Development Control Officers and the developer community).

Low Carbon Opportunities & Heat Mapping

East Midlands Councils commissioned LUC, CSE and SQW to review the potential for low carbon energy within the East Midlands. The aim was to prepare a comprehensive evidence base that would allow local planning authorities across the region to develop well-founded policies that support low carbon energy deployment up to 2030.

Derbyshire Landscape Character Assessment

The Landscape Character of Derbyshire 2003 identifies and describes the key features and characteristics of the landscape of Derbyshire outside the Peak District National Park.

An associated aim of the document is to support and complement planning polices seek to ensure that new development respects enhances the local character and identity of each particular area.

Areas of Multiple Environmental Sensitivity

In order to respond to a range of requests from various bodies and organisations Derbyshire County Council's Conservation and Design Section has developed a methodology for reviewing known environmental data within a landscape spatial framework.

The methodology and map is available to view below:

Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan 2011 - 2020

The Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan seeks to conserve and enhance Lowland Derbyshire's existing wildlife and to redress past losses through habitat conservation, restoration, recreation and targeted action for priority species.

The Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plan covers the remainder of Derbyshire outside the area covered by the Peak District LBAP. There is no physical overlap between the two LBAPs, although The Lowland Derbyshire LBAP does include the area of Derbyshire inside the National Forest.

The Greenprint for Biodiversity in Erewash

'Greenprints for Biodiversity' are produced for District and Borough Councils. They provide a framework for the conservation of biodiversity within districts or boroughs by translating both the UK and Lowland Derbyshire Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) to a local level in order to make them more achievable by local councils, local groups and communities.

Their purpose is to identify the habitats and species which are present in the district or borough but which are declining or at risk on a national or county-wide basis. They also contain some recommendations for action and encourage individuals, groups, landowners, farmers and business to become involved in bio-diversity conservation within their local area.

Green Space Strategy

The Green Space Strategy sets out our vision for using green space and the goals we want to achieve, and details the resources, methods and timescales needed to meet these goals.

It is a comprehensive, council-wide document, which will contribute to delivering the aims and objectives set out in the Sustainable Community Strategy and our Corporate Plan. It is based on the findings of the PPG 17 Audit.

PPG 17 Audit

Erewash Borough Council have produced a PPG17 Audit and Assessment of Open Space, Sport and Recreation in October 2006. Please see link below: