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In January 2002, the Government produced its final Regional Planning Guidance (RPG) for the East Midlands. It sets the context for County Structure Plans and Local Plans upto 2021.
   This follows a Public Examination in June 2000 of the first draft produced by Local Government, where FOE and other environmental groups made strong contributions. (See separate page for a review of some issues raised.)
   RPG can be downloaded from the Government Office website.

SOME POINTS OF CONCERN IN RPG
  • Renewable energy targets include an EIGHT-FOLD increase in waste incineration for the East Midlands by 2010 (para 5.70).
  • The Government has refused to set minimum densities for housing development to make effective use of land. As a result, the aim of achieving 60% of new housing on brownfield sites has been deferred to 2021! (Policies 23&24)
  • Boundaries of the Nottingham Green Belt will be 'reviewed' in the next Structure Plan. A major battle will be needed to defend it (policy 6)
  • Many unsustainable road proposals have already been approved - including the 'Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route' which could destroy the green band between Mansfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield (Policy 75)

  • SOME USEFUL POLICIES IN RPG
    • Developments should be sited and designed so they:
      - use brownfield sites with good public transport connections in urban areas, where possible (Policy 1)
      - improve accessibility between homes, jobs and services (Policy 24)
      - make efficient use of land, energy and materials (Policy 24)
      - have regard to the effect on human health (Policy 10)
      - take account of information on climate change (Policy 11)
    • There should be a phased release of land so brownfield sites are developed first (policy 22)
    • Land which has been overallocated for business in the past will be withdrawn or reallocated for housing following a review (Policy 12)
      - No major new sites should be allocated until that review is complete (Policy 13)
    • There are strong policies to protect and enhance the environment, including support for Biodiversity Action Plans and protection of floodplains (Policies 29-35 & 44-48)
    • Transport plans should aim to reduce the need to travel by car, and reallocate road space to walking, cycling and public transport (Policies 59 & 63), and to meet Air Quality Objectives (Policy 49)
    • Expansion of East Midlands Airport will have to meet rigorous environmental tests (Policy 79)
    • Development in the area of Derby, Leicester & Nottingham should be located in or adjoining existing settlements (Policy 84). Previous proposals to develop along main roads between the cities have been downgraded (see archive page).
    • Regneration of the 'Northern Coalfield' area of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire will be a priority, but this should recognise the rural nature of much of the area, and an environmental strategy to be developed for the area (Policy 88)
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