Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan - Preferred Approach Consultation (January 2023)

Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan: Preferred Approach

Chapter Three: Vision and Objectives

3.1 This Strategic Plan contains a Vision which is aspirational but realistic, setting out the intended character of the plan area, based on current and future trends of key aspects such as population and economy. Objectives flow from the Vision, establishing the way in which the plan area will deal with the identified key issues. Together, these are clear, realistic, locally distinctive and spatial in planning terms.

Vision of Greater Nottingham in 2038:

3.1.1. By 2038 Greater Nottingham will lead sustainable development in the region. The area will make the most of its economic, cultural, heritage and natural assets and be at the forefront of tackling and adapting to the impacts and challenges of climate change. The area's carbon footprint will be minimised, the unique abundant natural resources will be capitalised on and blue and green infrastructure, landscapes, heritage and biodiversity will be protected, enhanced and increased. Recognising the climate emergency, the Councils will seek to be carbon neutral before the Government's target of 2050.

3.1.2. The Strategic Plan will secure a more sustainable, prosperous, safe, healthy and vibrant Greater Nottingham. People from all sections of society will be provided with better access to homes, jobs, services and nature and open space, to support improved health and wellbeing outcomes. The area's natural environment, heritage and built form will be preserved and enhanced. A minimum of 49,900 new homes will be delivered, incorporating different types of homes for different life stages. Sustainable distribution of development will be achieved by seeking sites firstly within the main built up area of Nottingham and to a lesser extent adjoining it, resulting in an improved quality of life. As a result, urban living will be a popular choice, whilst new development elsewhere will be focused adjoining the built up area of Hucknall and at Key Settlements. It will be implemented in a sustainable manner and embodying the principles of 20 minute neighbourhoods.

3.1.3. Economic development will seek to address the threats to growth and will seek to ensure a resilient economy. It will facilitate an HS2 station at East Midlands Parkway and the economic growth potential of the adjacent Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station will be realised. Toton in Broxtowe will also be a focus for economic development and housing growth, supported by a new mainline railway station. Innovation will continue to be encouraged by capitalising on links with the Universities and nurturing of new business start-ups. The area will be the pre-eminent sporting centre in the region with a broad range of cultural, tourist and sports facilities.

3.1.4. The City Centre will see the innovative redevelopment of the Broad Marsh centre and town centres will remain vibrant and viable addressing the challenges post Covid by broadening the range of services and community facilities on offer.

3.1.5. The area's unique built and natural environment will be enhanced through sensitive and well-designed places, neighbourhoods and developments which will be strongly connected with timely infrastructure. Environmental net gains will be delivered alongside developments and through the enhancement of existing and the creation of new habitats.

3.1.6. The public transport network will continue to be world class and grow, and new tram routes will be provided. There will be new cycling and walking networks, promoting healthy lifestyles, and connecting our neighbourhoods with employment areas and the City and town centres.

3.1.7. All development will take account of flood risk, be energy efficient and of high design quality, making efficient use of resources and enabling waste prevention.

3.2 Objectives relating to housing and employment are:

Objective: Housing

3.2.1. High quality new housing: to manage an increase in the supply of housing to ensure the targets of the Plan are met, promoting increased delivery where feasible, viable and sustainable, in locations which embody the principles of 20 minute neighbourhoods. To include opportunities for self-build and custom build, maximise brownfield opportunities, deliver regeneration aims, and provide access to affordable and high quality new homes.

3.2.2 In doing so, there will be a rebalancing of the housing mix (where required) on a range of sites in terms of size, type and tenure, to maximise choice including family housing, supporting people into home ownership, providing for particular groups such as older people, people with disabilities and Gypsies and Travellers, and creating and supporting mixed and balanced communities.


Objective: Employment

3.2.3 Economic prosperity for all: to ensure economic growth is as equitable as possible, and that a more knowledge based economy is supported, enhancing the Core City role of the Nottingham conurbation. To support, develop and enhance the City Centre by providing for new office, commercial, residential, leisure and other uses and contribute to a resilient economy. Maximise the opportunities at the Boots Campus, Beeston Business Park, Nottingham Science Park, the Development Corporation sites at Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station, which is also a Freeport, and Toton / Chetwynd together with other brownfield sites.

3.2.4 Encourage the further expansion of the Universities and other higher education establishments for their own and wider economic development opportunities. Create the conditions for all people to participate in the economy, by providing new and protecting existing local employment opportunities, encouraging rural enterprise, improving access to training opportunities, and supporting educational developments at all levels. Where appropriate further development of tourism facilities will be supported.

3.3 Only specific objectives relating to housing and employment have been included as part of this consultation. Objectives covering the following topics will be included as part of the Publication Draft of the Strategic Plan:

  • Climate change;
  • Natural assets including Blue and Green Infrastructure;
  • City and town centres;
  • Regeneration;
  • Heritage and local distinctiveness;
  • Design;
  • Healthy and cohesive communities;
  • Education, culture, leisure and sport; and
  • Infrastructure and sustainable transport.