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REGIONAL PLANNING BOARD LAUNCHES STRATEGIC RIVERS POLICY GUIDANCE

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The East Midlands Regional Assembly is to launch policy guidance to help local authorities adopt a holistic approac...
The East Midlands Regional Assembly is to launch policy guidance to help local authorities adopt a holistic approach to river corridors management.

Members of the Regional Assembly's Planning Board agreed a vision statement for river corridors management in October last year and have since developed a number of key objectives for a three year programme.

The Strategic River Corridors Initiative aims to bring a holistic approach to the management and enhancement of the natural, cultural and historic environment of the region's strategic river corridors, including regeneration and economic development.

'The policy objectives focus on bringing benefit to local communities and the people who live and work along the river corridors,' explained Peter Williams, chair of the Strategic River Corridors Initiative.

'But there must also be benefits for wildlife, archaeology, the landscape, towns within the corridors and the management of flood risk.'

A wide range of information relating to the SRC Initiative is now to be circulated to all relevant organisations in the region and this information includes -

-A vision document

-A suggested policy for inclusion in local authorities' Local Development Documents

-Guidelines for organisations involved in funding projects relevant to strategic river corridors

-A guide to all the projects currently taking place in the East Midlands' river corridors

Information about the Strategic River Corridors Initiative and the Regional Assembly's spatial planning role can be found here.

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