Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13th April 2015
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Chapter 3 Purpose of the current consultation and preparation timetable

3.1 The purpose of this First Stage Issues Consultation is to determine what needs to be included in the new Open Spaces Strategy and Provision for Open Space, Sport and Recreation: Developer Guidance document.

3.2 We are not only seeking views on the content of the above Strategy and Policy, but also the structure. How can these documents be made easier to use and understand? How can they become central to the development and use of Open Space in Harborough District for the plan period until 2031?

(4) Question: Are there any particular changes to the format or structure of the document that would make them easier to understand and use?

3.3 The views of communities, officer’s, partner organisations and other stakeholders are being sought and feedback will be used to inform the draft Strategy and Policy.

3.4 There will be a further consultation on the pre adoption drafts prior to submission of the Strategy to Harborough District Councils Executive for adoption.

3.5 The NPPF gives Local Authorities a clear indication that an up to date needs assessment of open space sport and recreation sites should be undertaken and we are seeking communities views on the following

  • existing provision of Open Space Sport and Recreation (OSSR) sites,
  • the amount of new OSSR sites that should be provided as a result of new development
  • The minimum provision thresholds for OSSR sites
  • The minimum accessibility thresholds for OSSR sites
  • The current perceived quality and usage of OSSR sites

3.6 The Play Pitch Strategy is another discrete piece of work that needs to be developed and will support the Open Spaces Strategy. It is anticipated that this work will follow on from the Open Spaces Strategy and be led by Community Wellbeing and Partnerships.

3.7 The proposed timetable for consultation is shown below.

3.8 Proposed timetable

  2014 2015

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

OS/OSSR Governance approval

OS/OSSR First stage Issues Consultation

Draft OS/OSSR Strategy Preparation

Draft OS/OSSR Strategy Consultation

OS/OSSR Final Draft Preparation

Final OS /OSSR Consultation

OS/OSSR Adoption

OS – OPEN SPACE STRATEGY
OSSR – OPEN SPACE SPORT AND RECREATION
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