LNP’s Green Infrastructure Prospectus published

The LNP has just completed development of its Green Infrastructure Prospectus.  This concise document makes the case for strategic investment in Green Infrastructure (GI) as a way to maintain and extend the high quality natural environment that we are so lucky to enjoy in our area. The natural environment has always been valued for its amenity benefits – the LNP also wants to ensure its value to the economy is recognised and that we take full advantage of its economic potential.

This prospectus is just the first step in achieving a regional GI network that will keep pace with economic development and provide much-needed opportunities for communities to access green spaces in cities and towns as well as the wider countryside.

We are distributing the prospectus to stakeholders throughout the LDN area and are encouraging them to endorse the recommendations in the Prospectus and work with the LNP to implement the next steps needed to realise them.

We’d like to thank all the individuals and organisations who participated in the GI workshop that we organised last year. This was a catalyst for development of the Prospectus and provided an excellent overview of actual and potential GI projects across the whole LDN area. Our thanks also go to the Forestry Commission who funded development of the prospectus.


D2N2 Low Carbon funding call workshop

In anticipation of the future ERDF Priority Axis 4 Low Carbon call, D2N2 LEP will be hosting a free workshop on Wednesday 16 November 2020 at the Enterprise Centre, University of Derby in Derby.

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The workshop is designed to support organisations with their applications to deliver projects that will support the shift towards a low carbon economy across D2N2 LEP in the following areas:
• Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
• Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
• Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
• Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
• Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.

If you would like to pre-register your place at the workshop please contact Natasha Kitchen at natasha.kitchen@d2n2lep.org

Further details will be available at the end of October.

Recruitment of trustees for the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Charitable Trust

Derbyshire County Council is looking for up to 10 Trustees to create the Elvaston Castle & Gardens Charitable Trust.

The Council has worked closely with the local community and others to develop a 10 year Vision and Plan for the future of Elvaston which they believe can be best delivered by transferring the Estate to a new managing body, the Elvaston Castle & Garden Trust.

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The Council is looking to recruit Trustees with experience in property regeneration, business planning, major fundraising, partnership working and who bring commercial acumen.

Key tasks for Trustees over the next few years will include:
• Finalising a robust 3 year business plan for the new Trust;
• Agreeing how and when the estate and staff are transferred from the county council to the trust under a long lease;
• Working with the Council to undertake detailed master-planning for the Estate’s regeneration and associated capital programme;
• Shaping an emerging fund-raising strategy and working with the Council to secure major funding to implement the first phases of the master-plan;
• Identifying, shaping and implementing new commercial initiatives and opportunities.

The recruitment process will start on the 10th October 2016, with interviews planned for January 2017. Once the recruitment process goes live, full information will be available at: www.futureelvaston.co.uk/elvaston-castle-gardens-trust

In the meantime, if you would like informal discussion about the role, please contact Nick Sellwood, Project Manager, National Trust on 07876 59193.

To bee or not to bee

Pollinators face many pressures which have led to declines in numbers, and a reduction in the diversity of species to be found across the country. If pollinators go into serious decline this could have a significant impact on agriculture and on the wider landscape. The LNP has therefore welcomed the opportunity to support Buglife – the invertebrate conservation trust – with their ‘B-Lines’ project in the Lowland Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.

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Ultimately, the initiative aims to develop a UK-wide network, made up of wildflower-rich areas (the so-called ‘B-Lines’) to help valuable insect pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and butterflies. You can view the national B-lines map here.

Locally, over the last few months, Buglife has been working with conservation and local authority partners to map a priority B-Lines network for Nottinghamshire. This mapping is part of a wider project, which with support from Anglian Water is helping to roll out the B-Lines initiative across the entire East of England.

The B-Lines provide a UK-wide framework for targeting work for pollinators, in particular promoting the restoration and expansion of existing wildflower-rich habitats and the creation of stepping stones of habitat between them. Connecting suitable habitats for pollinators is crucial to their survival especially as climate change means they may need to disperse across large distances to find suitable climactic conditions.

Buglife hopes to encourage all conservation partners, local authorities, farmers and land owners to enhance and create wildflower-rich habitats along the B-Lines, helping to make the region more pollinator-friendly. However everyone can play a part and Buglife would like to involve schools, villages, community groups and businesses within the B-Lines in taking action for insect pollinators.

Buglife is interested to hear from organisations with ideas or projects which can help develop the B-Lines network. And you can help Buglife to create the B-Lines by adding your own wildflower work to their interactive B-Lines map (http://www.buglife.org.uk/b-lines).

LNP logo launch

The LNP now has a logo and we have launched a new-look website to go with it.

The logo has been designed to represent the LNP’s role improving the environment, enhancing people’s wellbeing and through both these, supporting the economy.

We hope you like it!

RSPB Woodland Management Courses

The RSPB Technical Advice Unit is running two courses on woodland management in July. Please see below and the attached booklet for course details, cost and how to book.

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Woodland management for wildlife – an introduction
Date: 26 July Location: Ticknall, South Derbyshire

This course will explore how woodland management for wildlife can be integrated with other woodland management objectives, including legal, practical and financial considerations. It will cover the ecology of declining woodland species and how targeted management can benefit these, illustrated by a site visit to Calke Abbey National Trust estate. Suitable for landowners and managers or others who wish to increase their knowledge of woodland wildlife.

Woodland management for wildlife – advanced
Date: 20 July Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire

This course is suitable for woodland owners and managers, forestry practitioners and advisers. It covers the ecology of declining woodland species and how targeted management for wildlife can be integrated with other woodland management objectives. The course includes talks from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission, and a workshop style discussion on relevant management issues and practical/financial considerations. A site visit to Treswell Wood Nottinghamshire illustrates possible approaches to integrating economic sustainability with conservation management.

Please contact Neil.Duffield@rspb.org.uk for more information or Holly.Jopson@rspb.org.uk to book a place.

How can we deliver more and better green infrastructure?

The Green Infrastructure Partnership and Town and Country Planners Association (TCPA) are running the ‘Green Infrastructure - from concept to reality’ conference in London on 16th June.

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Participants we be asked to consider opportunities for embedding green infrastructure in the delivery of other priorities such as housing, city centre renewal, public health and transport.

Speakers include HS2, Defra, NERC and Arup.

Members £50

Non-members £100

More information is available on the TCPA website

D2N2 LEP looking for a Low Carbon Adviser

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  They are currently looking for a Low Carbon Adviser.

Job Purpose:-
Promote excellence in the low carbon economy within D2N2, including supporting the development of high quality, compliant applications to the D2N2 notional allocation of European Structural and Investment Fund funds.

Salary circa: £35,000 to £40,000
Location: Nottingham
Fixed Term: 4 days per week pro rata
May 2016 to 31 March 2020 (possibility of extension)

More information is on the East Midlands Chamber website http://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/jobs/8751/d2n2-low-carbon-adviserb

Funding opportunity: ESIF

A major strategic funding opportunity has just been announced via our colleagues at the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Nottingham and Derbyshire. A call for bids for ESIF funding (European Structural and Investment Funds) is now open for two themes:

  1. Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Risk Prevention and Management. (Find out more)
  2. Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency. (Find out more)

A total of £5.8 million pounds is available, and a minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for in either theme. Match-funding must also be found by the applicant.
The closing date for submitting outline applications is 27th May 2016.

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ESIF funding is intended to support businesses, communities and individuals across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Call #1 is looking to promote climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management and specifically promote investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems.  In general, projects put forward under this call must cover all of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area, however revenue projects should predominantly support businesses based within the Lower Derwent of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area.  Up to £3,000,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.
Outline application deadline: 27 May 2020. Funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years.

Call #2 is looking to preserve and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency and specifically:

  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.
  • Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

Project’s put forward under this call must cover all of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area. Up to £2,800,000 of funding is available through this call. A minimum value of £500,000 of funding can be applied for.
Outline application deadline: 27 May 2020  funding from this call will be awarded for up to 3 years.

Full details are available via the links given above.

Consultation responses to Mansfield and Nottingham

It’s a busy time for Local Plans in the LDN area currently and the LNP has recently submitted two consultation responses - to Mansfield District Council on their Local Plan Consultation Draft and to Nottingham City Council on their Local Plan part 2 (also known as the Land and Planning Policies Document).

The responses can be viewed via our Planning Consultation Responses page where there are also links to the Local Planning Authorities’ web sites.