The East Midlands
Nottinghamshire is part of the wider East Midlands Region together with the historic counties of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. It is a large and diverse region, with a population of about 4.2 million.
The principal urban areas are the cities of Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Lincoln and the county town of Northampton.
The planning system in England and Wales follows a plan-led system. This involves preparing plans that set out what can be built and where.
At regional level there are Regional Spatial Strategies. The East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS), also known as the East Midlands Regional Plan, was approved by Government in March 2009. The Strategy sets out policies for the sustainable development of the region's economy, infrastructure, transport, housing and other land uses over the period to 2026.
The Government is currently reforming the planning system through the Localism Act which will take effect in stages during 2012. These changes to the planning system will include the abolition of the East Midlands Regional Plan. However, until the Regional Plan is abolished it still forms part of the development plan for the region.
You can view the East Midlands Regional Plan here: The East Midlands Regional Plan [PDF 2223KB]
Contact for Regional Planning
Policy Planning and Corporate Services
Nottinghamshire County Council
4th floor, County Hall
Tel: 08449 80 80 80