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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

Landscape Character

5.64     National and Regional policy requires Councils to protect and enhance valued landscapes as part of conserving and enhancing the natural environment.  move from local landscape designations to The District Council has had comprehensive assessment of Landscape Character undertaken. This approach has the benefit of assessing the whole of an area's landscape rather than focusing on particular locations. In Nottinghamshire, the County Council has developed a Landscape Character Assessment process, which the District Council has used to comprehensively assess Newark and Sherwood District's area. This assessment requires that the landscape be broken down into County Character Areas. This work was undertaken for the earlier Nottinghamshire Landscape Guidelines. It places the District in 5 County Character Areas:

  • Sherwood
  • Mid Nottinghamshire Farmlands
  • Trent Washlands
  • East Nottinghamshire Sandlands
  • South Nottinghamshire Farmlands 

5.65     The Landscape Guidelines also identify within the Character Areas a number of Landscape Policy Zones, shown for illustrative purposes in Figure 4. These Zones refer to individual areas of similar character within the Character Areas. Presently tThe District Council and the County Council are have undertakingen detailed assessments of condition and sensitivity of the landscape of each Policy Zone. The Zones themselves are split down into individual Landscape Character Parcels. The aim is to identify Conservation and Enhancement Aims for each Landscape Policy Zone have been identified. The Zones are will be categorised as one of the following types of Policy Actions which require a particular approach to:

Action

 

Conserve

Actions that encourage the conservation of distinctive features and features in good condition

Conserve and Reinforce

Actions that conserve distinctive features and features in good condition and strengthen and reinforce those features that may be vulnerable

Reinforce

Actions that strengthen or reinforce distinctive features and patterns in the landscape

Conserve and Restore

Actions that encourage the conservation of distinctive features in good condition, whilst restoring elements or areas in poorer condition and removing or mitigating detracting features.

Conserve and Create

Actions that conserve distinctive features and features in good condition, whilst creating new features or areas where they have been lost or are in poor condition.

Restore

Actions that encourage the restoration of distinctive features and the removal or mitigation of detracting features.

Restore and Create

Actions that restore distinctive features and the removal of detracting features, whilst creating new features or areas where they have been lost or are in poor condition.

Reinforce and Create

Actions that strengthen or reinforce distinctive features and patterns in the landscape, whilst creating new features or areas that have been lost or are in poor condition.

Create

Actions that create new features or areas where existing elements are lost or are in poor condition

 

5.66   The findings of the Landscape Character Assessments of each Landscape Policy Zone will help to inform the work of the LDF, shaping future strategies and in the determination of Planning Applications, The Assessment will become was adopted in 2013 and is now a supplementary Planning Document of the LDF. It is intended that the Landscape Assessment will be updated and a new SPD will be produced.

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Landscape Character

The LDF will has introduced a comprehensive landscape assessment of Newark and Sherwood which will that identifyies the landscape character condition and sensitivity of each Landscape Policy Zone. Landscape Policy Zones will be are categorised as one of the following types of areas which require an action to: 

 

Good

Reinforce

Conserve and Reinforce

 

Conserve

Condition

Moderate

Create and Reinforce

Conserve and Create

Conserve and Restore

 

 

Poor

Create

Restore and Create

Restore

 

 

 

Low

Moderate

High

 

 

 

Sensitivity

 

When allocating land within the Core Strategy and the Allocations & Development Management DPD, the District Council will need to demonstrate that the allocations impact on the Landscape Policy Zone and its Conservation and Enhancement actions have been appropriately addressed.

The District Council will expect development proposals to positively address the implications of the Landscape Policy Zones in which the proposals lie and demonstrate that such development would contribute towards meeting Landscape Conservation and Enhancement Aims for the area.

Based on the comprehensive assessment of the District’s landscape character, provided by the Landscape Character Assessment Supplementary Planning Document, the District Council will work with partners and developers to secure:

  • New development which positively addresses the implications of relevant landscape Policy Zone(s) that is consistent with the landscape conservation and enhancement aims for the area(s) ensuring that landscapes, including valued landscapes, have been protected and enhanced.

Figure 4 - Landscape Character Zones