Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13th April 2015
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Chapter 19 Methodology of Assessment

19.1 Intended Outcomes

  • To reflect the consultation undertaken as part of the Open Spaces Strategy to establish Accessibility, Quantity, and Quality thresholds across the District
  • To establish sites where specific priorities should be listed

Approach

19.2 As part of the Provision for Open Space, Sport and Recreation: Developer Guidance document consultation minimum thresholds will be set for accessibility of open space. Quantity of open space required per thousand of population will also be consulted upon, and a quality vision and standard for open space across the District agreed.

19.3 The current accessibility standards are shown in table 10:

(3) 19.4 Table 10

Open Space Type Accessibility Provision Standard
Time Distance
Parks and Gardens
10 mins (drive)
4km
Natural and Semi-natural areas
20 mins (walk)
1.6km
Green Corridors
20 mins (walk)
1.6km
Amenity Greenspace
10 mins (walk)
800m
Provision for Children and Young People
5-10 mins (walk)
400m – 800m
Outdoor Sports Facilities
10 mins (drive)
4km
Allotments and Community Gardens
10 mins (drive)
4km
Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
5 mins drive
2km
Civic Spaces This typology and others to be determined through consultation

19.5 The Provision for Open Space, Sport and Recreation: Developer Guidance document will take these thresholds and apply them when new development is proposed. Views are sought from consultees whether these thresholds are still relevant or need to be updated.

(5) Question: Do you consider the minimum accessibility standards are still relevant, or should they go up or down?

(1) Question: Can you provide evidence for an increase in or decrease in the minimum accessibility standards threshold?

19.6 The current minimum provision standards for open space typologies are shown below in table 11:

(1) 19.7 Table 11

Open Space Type Quantity Provision Standard
Parks and Gardens 0.4 ha per 1000 population
Natural and Semi-natural areas 8.5 ha per 1,000 population (rural area)
1.5 ha per 1,000 population (urban area)
Green Corridors PPG17 suggests quantity standard not required due to the nature of the typology.
It states that “there is no sensible way of stating a provision standard”
Amenity Greenspace 0.9 ha per 1000 population
Provision for Children and Young People 0.3 ha per 1000 population
Outdoor Sports Facilities Fields in Trust: 'Planning and Design for Outdoor Sport and Play' The 2008 revision
of Fields in Trust's Six Acre Standard, now called Planning and Design for Outdoor Sport
and Play, clarifies that the standard relates only to outdoor play space, which is not the only
form of open space. Fields in Trust now recommends the use of Benchmark Standards relating
to quantity, quality and accessibility as a guide and helpful tool to those local authorities determining
their own local standards. The quantitative aspect of the Standards indicates provision
per 1000 population of 4 acres (1.6 hectares) for outdoor sport, including pitches and greens
Allotments and Community Gardens 0.35 ha per 1000 population
Cemeteries and Burial Grounds 0.35ha per 1000 population
Civic Spaces No standard set. Usually provided on an opportunity basis rather than demand led.

19.8 We are seeking views as part of this consultation concerning the current relevance of these standards, and whether they need to be amended.

(1) Question: Do you consider the minimum provision standards are still relevant, or should they go up or down?

(1) Question: Can you provide evidence for an increase in or decrease in the minimum provision threshold?

19.9 The current quality vision for open space is:

"a clean, litter and dog fouling free area that is well-lit and provides a lev-el of varied vegetation and biodiversity, including well-kept grass and other natural features where suitable. The site should be regularly maintained and have suitable parking in close proximity where appropriate."

(1) 19.10 Views are sought from Consultees as part of the Open Space Strategy consultation whether and how this vision requires updating.

(2) Question: Do you believe that the quality vision for open space is still relevant?

(1) Question: Is an single overall quality vision preferred to a quality vision for each typology of open space?

19.11 Further details concerning the minimum provision standards can be found in 21.7 below.

(1) 19.12 We will also seek, through consultation with communities, whether to establish a list of sites where specific priorities are needed to bring the sites up to the minimum quality standard.

19.13 Views are sought from the community concerning any additional typologies of open space that are not currently recognised in the Open Spaces Strategy or the Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation.

(1) 19.14 For example as identified earlier in this document, it may be an aspiration of the community to establish a network of cycle/walking routes in both urban and rural locations, giving sustainable transport opportunities for leisure cycling/walking and commuting. The environmental credibility of these routes could be enhanced by the planting of trees to establish a network of green ways throughout the District to augment the existing recommended cycle routes and National Cycle Network. Consultees views are sought on this proposal.

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