The Northamptonshire Environmental Character Assessment and Green Infrastructure Suite, the RNRP's unique, interactive environmental planning tool, was commended in the East Midlands Royal Town Planning Institute 2007 Awards at the Ice Arena, Nottingham on Wednesday October 3rd.
RNRP representatives will be joined supporters GOEM, East Midlands Development Agency and hosts Browne Jacobson, to receive a commendation in the RTPI Sustainable Communities category for it’s Environmental Character and Green Infrastructure Suite. The accolade recognises the value this on-line resource offers urban and rural planners, private sectors developers, environmentalists, special interest groups and the general public, through providing detailed, impartial data on Northamptonshire’s natural landscape, past and present, with maps, illustrations and typical examples of wildlife, ecology and biodiversity.
Not only a tool for Northampton, but the groundbreaking model has been developed using a methodology that makes it uniquely transferable across different areas of the country, acting as a valuable planning aid in the development of environmental management. It has already attracted interest from partners in Europe planning sustainable economic growth.
Jason Longhurst pioneer of RNRP said: "We are delighted with this recognition. The ECA & GI Suite is playing a crucial role in informing Local Development Frameworks and Core Spatial Strategies – demonstrating how environmental sensitivity analysis can be used to help establish locations for urban growth".
"This is a revolutionary model. Our initial research confirmed that no product like the ECA & GI Suite existed anywhere else. What we have developed is something that is not only helping to guide the development of sustainable communities – which link urban and rural environments together, but a methodology that is transferable in terms of both location and scale. It is already being used by planning authorities elsewhere in the East Midlands and across the UK.”
RNRP's ECA & GI Suite is recognised by the Environment Agency, DCLG, the Wildlife Trust and many other agencies, as providing the most comprehensive and authoritative information available. It has already been used on numerous projects in Northamptonshire including Salcey Forest's Tree Top Walkway – a landmark project and winner of the Prime Minister's Award in 2006. It has been influential in guiding growth of several Northamptonshire towns and successfully used in draft in three public inquiries since 2005.
The Suite is available to download at www.rnrpenvironmentalcharacter.org.uk. For further information on RNRP contact 01604 236 764 or visit www.rnrp.org.uk
For further information please contact Rachael van Oudheusden at WPR 0115 924 7132 / 07989 961 082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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RNRP is a Community Investment Company that can hold assets and land on behalf of the community. It is an independent organisation that was constituted under the framework of the Treasury’s Green Book and recognised as a Treasury model for environment in relation to sustainable growth area funding delivery.
"By 2016 the RNRP partnership will be an independent, inclusive, reciprocal and beneficial partnership of public, private and third sector members. It will be nationally and internationally recognised as the centre of excellence for the piloting, co-ordination and delivery of regional sustainable development, addressing strategic issues such as Climate Change, the enhancement of local biodiversity and the innovative development of the environment as an asset for social development, education, leisure & recreation, heritage and cultural activity, and as a primary vehicle of economic regeneration.”