Local Nature Recovery Strategy

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRSs) are a new England-wide system of spatial strategies established by the Environment Act 2021.  The main purpose of these strategies is to help reverse the ongoing decline of nature in England by establishing priorities for nature recovery and identify locations to create or improve habitat most likely to provide the greatest benefit for nature and the wider environment, and in doing so contribute to the national Nature Recovery Network.  The LNRS will also inform the delivery of mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and help to guide local planning policy for nature recovery.

Across England there are to be 48 LNRSs, and Nottinghamshire County Council has been appointed by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to be the Responsible Authority to lead on the development of the LNRS for Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham. 

The production of each LNRS will be evidence-based, locally led and collaborative, and each LNRS must:

  • agree priorities for nature’s recovery, with a written statement of biodiversity priorities
  • map the most valuable existing areas for nature, with a local habitat map
  • map specific proposals for creating or improving habitat for nature and wider environmental goals

Producing the Strategy

We are currently at the early stages of development of the LNRS and during the second half of 2023 we will be beginning to speak to partners and stakeholders who can help to develop the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham LNRS.  It is anticipated that the strategy will be published in 2025.

We will share key information on this page as work progresses, including how you can get involved.  If you would like to contact us about the development of the LNRS please contact the LNRS Coordinator, Catherine Mayhew, by email: LNRSNN@nottscc.gov.uk

Supporting information

If you want to find out more about LNRSs, please check out information on the government website at these links:

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (Policy Paper published June 2023) Local nature recovery strategies - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

LNRS Statutory Guidance [PDF]

Nature Recovery Network (Policy Paper published April 2022) Nature Recovery Network - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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