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Northamptonshire Environmental Character [NECS]

Northamptonshire Environmental Character

The NECS describes the physical environment of Northamptonshire to help planners, developers and the community to understand how the present day landscape has evolved and how it functions.  It is the first wholly integrated survey and analysis of the Northamptonshire landscape.  It also provide clear guidelines for each of the three major landscape components; the historical ecological (biodiversity) and modern.

Northamptonshire extends over an area of approximately 2360 km2 and has a population of more than half a million people.  The county retains a strong rural character with urban areas amounting to just 4% of the land area.  Significant change is anticipated in the coming years as a consequence of a number of economic, social and natural forces.

With the Milton Keynes and South Midlands (MKSM) growth agenda, these include the unprecedented growth of towns and villages, together with new ways of farming and managing the land and the progressive effects of, and our responses to, climate change.

In response to these and other forces for change, the RNRP in partnership with its project partners have overseen the development and delivery of a raft of studies that will help guide positive environmental change int he future, for the benefit of everyone.

The following pages provide a brief introduction to Northamptonshire's Environmental Character Strategy (ECS) and Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy - two ground-breaking initiatives that place Northamptonshire at the forefront of environmental planning the the United Kingdom.


Latest NECS Publications

  •   Northants Local Nature Partnership - Annual Conference

    Wednesday 9th October 2013 at University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton. 10am - 4pm FREE Booking   [ 320KB ]

  •   Biodiversity in the Nene Valley

    "A valley with naturally functioning interlinked wetlands, rich in wildlife for the biodiversity of everybody." 'As a partner in the River Nene Regional Park, The Wildlife Trust is fully committed to an active role in the delivery of its aims. Our vision focuses on the valley's wetland biodiversity and people's relationship with it. We will seek to achieve this through working in partnership with others who share in it."   [ 1MB ]

  •   Planning Sustainable Communities

    High levels of growth are projected for the Milton Keynes and South Midlands (MKSM) Sub Region, this increase will put pressure on existing green infrastructure assets and require new assets to be provided for both the existing and new communities. The MKSM Environment and Quality of Life (EQOL) Sub-Group led by the newly created Sustainable Development Delivery team have produced ‘Planning Sustainable Communities: A Green Infrastructure Guide for Milton Keynes and the South Midlands.’ It is intended that officers from local delivery vehicles (LDV’s), planning authorities and developers will use the guide. Although the guide is aimed at users within the MKSM growth area, the key principles are generic and can therefore be used to influence the development planning process more widely.   [ 3MB ]

  •   Land Use Study

    Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is currently undertaking a Landscape Character Assessment. It is intended that the project will deliver an integrated, robust and comprehensive landscape characterisation for Northamptonshire. The project aims to provide a comprehensive characterisation of the county by integrating the three primary environmental aspects of the landscape; the historic, biodiversity and current landscape. To inform this process a data set is currently being created which will analyse the habitat and patterning of all fields within the county   [ 663KB ]

  •   Northamptonshire Physiographic Study

    Northamptonshire Archaeology undertook the preparation of the physiographic model on behalf of the Landscape Character Assessment Team of Northamptonshire County Council. The work was carried out between January and March 2003. This report was subject to peer review and has been edited to this final stage by the River Nene Regional Park Team for Northamptonshire County Council.   [ 374KB ]

Other Publications  

Latest NECS Management Plans

  •   Northamptonshire Climate Change Strategy 2010-2014

    This strategy aims to start the long-term process of achieving at least a 26% cut in emissions by 2020 and at least 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, in line with national targets and ultimately becoming a carbon neutral county.   [ 451KB ]

Other NECS Management Plans  

Northamptonshire Environmental Chapter

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Northamptonshire's Environmental Character Strategy and Green Infrastructure Strategy