Green Infrastructure in Broxtowe is defined as:-
"a network if living multi-functional natural and semi natural features, green spaces, rivers, canals and lakes that link and connect villages, towns and cities. It provides a holistic and sustainable approach to viewing the natural environment and landscape and provides multiple benefits for people, wildlife and local communities."
The strategy was produced by Groundwork Greater Nottingham working in partnership with officers from the Borough Council. This had the added benefit of an independent third party looking at the issues.
Benefits of Green Infrastructure
There are many direct and indirect benefits associated with a healthy green infrastructure network and some benefits overlap into different areas:-
1. Economic Benefits
- Good quality green features can increase land values and make areas attractive to businesses and home buyers.
- High quality green infrastructure for can increase visitor spending.
- Green infrastructure can provide features which address issues such as flooding, pollution, biodiversity loss.
- Good quality green space encourages exercise with associated physical and mental benefits.
- Employment generation and labour productivity
2. Environmental Benefits
- Improving air quality and noise pollution.
- Vegetation can help reduce temperature peaks in built up areas.
- Green infrastructure can provide opportunities to control peak water flows.
- Ecological biodiversity benefits.
3. Social Benefits
- Health and well-being - quality green space provides opportunities for exercise and leisure activities.
- Recreation and amenity value
- Community development.
- Education resource
The study looked at defining the current assets such as amenity land, wildlife sites, access and sustainable transport routes, water based connections, tourism, heritage and honeypot sites and potential growth and development sites.
The study also looked at potential needs and opportunities for each of the asset types.
The strategy identifies the following corridors:-
1.1 Trent Valley
1.2 Erewash Valley
2.1 Brinsley Brook
2.2 Nether Green, Beauvale Brook and Colliers Wood
2.4 Watnall Coppice to Kimberley Cutting
2.5 Kimberley Central
2.6 A610 Swingate
2.7 Nuthall Cutting and Kimberley Railway
2.8 Kimberley Cutting
2.9 Nottingham Canal
2.10 Bramcote Corridor and Boundary Brook
2.11 Erewash to Wollaton
2.12 Stapleford to Chilwell Urban
2.13 Langley Mill to Kimberley
2.14 Toton Sidings
2.15 Sellers Wood and New Farm Wood
2.16 Central Cossall to Strelley
2.17 Underwood to Beauvale Priory
2.18 Stoney Lane to Aldecar
2.19 Hall Lane to Brinsley Hill
2.20 Smithurst Road to Dairy Farm
2.21 Trowell to Kimberley
2.22 A52 corridor south east of Stapleford
2.23 Toton Sidings to Chilwell
How The Information Will Be Used
The strategy will enable the Council's planning team to adapt the alert system so that planning enquiries will identify any corridors near to an application site. This will then raise awareness of a range of issues and opportunities associated with that corridor.
The strategy will also be used to identify potential projects when funding opportunities arise and it will help in supporting funding bids.