The Nene Valley Strategy

08 Dec 2011

The Nene Valley Strategy

The strategy will be developed and used by all partners and stakeholders for the development and delivery of green infrastructure projects in the Nene Valley.

Building directly on the RNRP's earlier green infrastructure work identifying objectives, projects and proposals for the Nene Valley, The Nene Valley Strategy will focus on the Nene between Northampton and Peterborough, and include the area to the north. The strategy will have a spatial dimension with a strong focus on the protection of, and managed access to, the pSPA (Upper Nene Gravels Special Protection Area). It will also focus on delivery and provide a framework for project development and investment for all partners and stakeholders. In this respect, the strategy will primarily consider environmental, public access, leisure and tourism related projects.

 

Background

RNRP launched its Green Infrastructure suite of documents in November 2006. This interactive suite contains over 1300 pages of detailed environmental character assessment (landscape, historic and biodiversity character) and the Green Infrastructure Strategy

Green Infrastructure is defined as:

A planned network of multi-functional green spaces and interconnecting links.

The Green Infrastructure [GI] Strategy sets out broad proposals with a spatial dimension. It includes a vision and goals, GI principles, proposals for biodiversity and sustainable movement networks, priority areas for investment, delivery principles, a project prioritisation checklist and a schedule of potential projects. Many proposals for North Northamptonshire are covered in the document, the details of which were prepared prior to the River Nene Regional Park being constituted as a Community Interest Company. RNRP and its partners now seek to further develop these original proposals in a concise working strategy and delivery plan, which will form the basis for investment and protection in the Nene Valley. The Strategy will therefore review and build directly on the green infrastructure work identifying objectives, projects and proposals for the Nene Valley. It will focus on the Nene between Northampton and Peterborough, and include the area to the north. The strategy will have a spatial dimension with a strong focus on the protection of, and managed access to, the pSPA (Upper Nene Gravels Special Protection Area). It will also focus on delivery and provide a framework for project development and investment for all partners and stakeholders. In this respect, the strategy will primarily consider environmental, public access, leisure and tourism related projects.

The strategy will be developed and used by all partners and stakeholders for the development and delivery of green infrastructure projects in the Nene Valley.

 


Strategy Process

The development of the strategy is to be strongly based on stakeholder input through a series of workshops. The three November workshops are the first in this series, and will be themed. They will be followed by a Strategy Options workshop, proposed for January, a Delivery Workshop in February and a Draft Strategy Workshop in March 2008. The partners and organisations involved include those which have been key in RNRP’s work to date, as well as a wide range of other stakeholders that have been identified. The project is also supported by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. The preparation of the strategy is led and directed by RNRP, and a project steering group involving local planning authorities, Natural England, voluntary sector bodies and others. David Lock Associates Ltd, planning consultancy is working with RNRP to prepare the strategy.

 


November Workshops

Download the papers for the three days summarised below [Word doc 191KB]

The proposed content of the three themed workshops is as follows. Further details will be provided in the workshop papers to be circulated around one week before the workshops. There will be opportunities for discussion of the issues throughout the workshops.

Environment, Conservation and Access, Mon 26th November, 9.30am – 2pm.

  • Upper Nene Gravels Special Protection Area and other ecological and environmental assets
  • Building on the Green Infrastructure Strategy (Section 5 of the GI suite)
  • Strategic objectives – protection and access
  • Spatial representation – locations for investment and protection

Tourism and Recreation, Tues 27th November, 9.30am–2pm

  • Existing tourism and recreational facilities in the Nene Valley
  • Building on the Green Infrastructure Strategy (Section 5 of the GI suite)
  • Strategic objectives and new opportunities: formal and informal recreation, gaps in existing ‘product’
  • Zoning, locations and potential sites

Waterways Navigation and Associated Recreation and Tourism, Wed 28th November, 9.30am-2pm

  • Existing waterways use and associated activities and facilities
  • Building on the Green Infrastructure Strategy (Section 5 of the GI suite)
  • Strategic objectives and new opportunities: improving access and use of the waterways
  • Zoning, access points and protected areas

 


April Workshops

Tuesday 8th April, in the Griggs Room, Whittaker Lodge building, Frontier Centre nr. Irthlingborough.

This workshop will involve stakeholders discussing and informing the content of the strategy. The strategy is focused on objectives, projects and proposals for environmental, public access, leisure and tourism initiatives in the Nene Valley. Example projects and investments could include recreational trails, visitor attractions, new eateries, waterside developments, land management and carbon sequestration.

The workshop will build on the findings of the Stakeholder Workshops held in November 2007. These explored issues, proposals and opportunities to be considered in the strategy. It will also build on the extensive green infrastructure work, previously conducted by RNRP, and the work underway to better understand the implications of the proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA) in the Nene Valley. This is an EU environmental designation, and part of the Natura 2000 network. The pSPA is largely consistent with the existing SSSI but offers a much stronger level of legal protection.

 

April workshop paper

 

April Workshop Photo Gallery

  • The Nene Valley Strategy 01
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 02
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 03
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 04
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 05
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 06
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 07
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 08
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 09
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 10
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 11
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 12
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 13
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 14
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 15
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 16
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 17
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 18
  • The Nene Valley Strategy 19