Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA SPD
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area Supplementary Planning Document
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (SPA) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Addendum: Mitigation Strategy
The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA SPD – Addendum to the SPD: Mitigation Strategy was adopted by West Northamptonshire Council on 16 March 2022
It sets out details on mitigation measures required to protect Unit 1 of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA from recreational pressure. The document outlines how developers will be required to either pay a fixed Strategic Assessment Management and Monitoring fee (SAMM) or provide bespoke mitigation.
The SPD and related documents can be downloaded through the links below:
- West Northamptonshire Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA – Mitigation Strategy
- West Northamptonshire Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA – Mitigation Strategy – ADOPTION STATEMENT
- West Northamptonshire Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA – Mitigation Strategy – CONSULTATION STATEMENT
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area SPA SPD
The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area/Ramsar site was formally classified by the UK government in 2011. It covers 1,358 hectares across four local authority areas namely; Northampton, South Northamptonshire, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough. It is a composite site comprising 20 separate blocks of land and water, fragmented by roads and other features, and located adjacent and / or close to urban areas.
It is legally protected by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (Habitat Regulations) for a number of reasons. It is a wetland of International Importance used regularly by more than 20,000 water birds and by 2.3% of the UK Golden Plover population.
Key threats to the SPA are recreational disturbance to water birds, and poorly designed or located development. It was determined that a robust and consistent approach to planning applications was required to safeguard the site’s nature conservation interest while bringing through new sustainable development. Therefore a guidance document was proposed to enable this approach.
Working closely with the former Northamptonshire County Council and the former partner authorities, the SPD was jointly prepared by Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). It supports the respective partner authorities, developers and others ensure that development has no significant effect on the SPA in accordance with the legal requirements of the Habitats Regulations.
The Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area (SPA) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by West Northamptonshire Council on 9 November 2021 and the Draft Mitigation Strategy for the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA was approved for consultation on the same date.
The SPD, the Consultation Statement, the Community Impact Assessment and the Adoption Statement can be found below: