Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13 April 2015
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Chapter 11 Open Space and Planning Policies

11.1 Intended Outcomes

  • To demonstrate how the Open Spaces Strategy fits in with other Strategies and Polices at National, Regional and Local level.
  • To reflect the changes in Planning Policy at National, Regional and Local level


11.2 This section of the 2011 Open Spaces Strategy will be augmented to give an over view of how the new Open Spaces Strategy will fit with National Policy, the work of the County Council and other partnership organisations. We will seek to ensure that within Harborough District the Open Spaces Strategy compliments and supports other relevant policies, and that the Open Spaces Strategy can become the reference point for the Council’s decisions in relation open space development.

11.3 The National Planning Policy Framework states that open space should be taken into account in planning for new development and in considering any proposals that may affect existing open space (see NPPF paragraphs 73-74).

(1) 11.4 Open space, which includes all open space of public value, can take many forms, from formal sports pitches to open areas within a development, linear corridors and country parks. It can provide health and recreation benefits to people living and working nearby; have an ecological value and contribute to green infrastructure (see NPPF paragraph 114), as well as being an important part of the landscape and setting of built development, and an important component in the achievement of sustainable development (see NPPF paragraphs 6-10).

11.5 In carrying out the local assessment of need, Local Authorities should have regard to the duty to cooperate where open space serves a wider area. We are therefore seeking views from neighbouring authorities on the provision of open space sport and recreation sites in Harborough District.

11.6 The new Local Plan for Harborough District is currently being prepared and it is anticipated that the Open Spaces Strategy will support that plan, and inform the requirement for open space within new developments.

(1) 11.7 Neighbourhood Plans can have an important role in developing new and protecting existing open space. Through consultation communities will be made aware of the opportunities of Neighbourhood Planning to utilise existing open space data and policy within their Neighbourhood Plans. If a community does not undertake a Neighbourhood Plan then Districtwide Planning Policy will apply to that area.

(2) 11.8 The National Planning Policy Framework allows communities to nominate areas of special significance to them as Local Green Space. This offers a very high level of protection for these areas of land, but the NPPF states it will not be suitable in most cases. Criteria need to be met for Local Green Space to be designated. By working with communities in developing the Open Spaces Strategy it is suggested that when green spaces are not designated as Local Green Space, but are still important to communities they can be recognised through the Open Spaces Strategy and given protection through the National Planning Policy Framework and within criteria based polices of the new Local Plan.

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