Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13 April 2015
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Chapter 6 Open Space Typologies

(1) 6.1 Intended outcomes

  • To establish whether the Open Space Typologies should be retained.
  • To establish whether additional Open Space Typologies should be considered


(1) 6.2 The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that open space sport and recreation sites should be protected against development. Assessing the need for open space as a single typology is almost impossible, as the expected uses, maintenance and up keep costs for each typology are vastly different.

6.3 The previous PPG17 study in 2004 for the assessment of need for open space used the following typologies in Table 2, with principle uses detailed.

(5) 6.4 Table 2

Typology Definition Principle Uses
Parks and gardens Includes urban parks, formal gardens and country parks Accessible, high quality opportunities for informal recreation and community events
Natural and semi-natural Greenspaces, including urban and rural Woodland and Country Parks includes publicly accessible woodlands, urban forestry, scrub, grasslands (e.g. downlands, commons, meadows), wetlands, open and running water and wastelands. Wildlife conservation, biodiversity and environmental education and awareness
Amenity Greenspace Most commonly but not exclusively found in housing areas. Includes informal recreation green spaces and village greens. informal activities close to home or work enhancement of the appearance of residential or other areas
Outdoor sports facilities Natural or artificial surfaces either publicly or privately owned used for sport and recreation. Includes school playing fields. Participation in outdoor sports, such as pitch sports, tennis, bowls, athletics or countryside and water sports
Provision for children and Young people Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people. Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people, such as equipped play areas, ball courts, skateboard areas and teenage shelters
Allotments, community gardens Areas for those people who wish to do so to grow their own produce May also include urban farms. Opportunities for those people who wish to do so to grow their own produce as part of the long term promotion of sustainability, health and social inclusion
Cemeteries, disused Churchyards and other burial Grounds Cemeteries and other burial grounds. Quiet contemplation and burial of the dead, often linked to the promotion of wildlife conservation and biodiversity

6.5 Although Civic Spaces were not included in the original PPG 17 assessment as an Open Space typology, it should now be considered whether this approach be revised to reflect the growing importance of the urban open spaces in the District such as Market Hall and Town Square in Market Harborough, and Lutterworth Market Place. Details of this typology are in Table 3.

(5) Question: If Civic Spaces are included as a typology what would be the benefits or drawbacks of this approach?

(1) 6.6 Table 3

Additional Typology Definition Principle Uses
Civic Spaces Civic and market squares and other hard surfaced areas designed for pedestrians Providing a setting for civic buildings, public demonstrations and community events

6.7 In addition to considering the inclusion of Civic Spaces as a typology, the addition of Green Corridors or Greenways, shown in Table 4, should also be considered. This would support cycling and walking throughout the District, and increase the number of journeys that can be undertaken using sustainable transport. This would support the Governments White Paper on Transport 2011, and the consultation on the Governments Cycle Delivery Plan 2014.

(10) Question: Should it be an aspiration of the District Council to provide a series of 'Greenways' for cycling and walking and how could this aspiration be delivered?

(1) 6.8 Table 4

Additional Typology Definition Principle Uses
Green Corridors or Greenways Includes towpaths along canals and riverbanks, cycleways, rights of way and disused railway lines. · walking, cycling or horse riding
· leisure purposes or travel
· opportunities for wildlife migration.

6.9 Further supporting information for developer contributions and any additional typologies that are considered appropriate will be provided by the Provision for Open Space, Sport and Recreation: Developer Guidance document as the second part of this consultation.

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