Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13 April 2015
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Chapter 20 Open Space Provision Calculations

20.1 Intended Outcomes

  • To establish when the policy will be applied
  • To establish the types of open space facility that will require developer contributions


20.2 The current Provision for Open Space, Sport and Recreation: Developer Guidance document is applied on developments of 10 dwellings or over.

20.3 Through consultation we are exploring whether this threshold is still relevant, whether it should be reduced or increased and the reasons for making a change to the threshold.

(3) Question: Do you believe that the threshold for application of contributions for developments of 10 dwellings or more is still relevant?

(2) Question: Do you believe the threshold for application of contributions from development should change?

Question: What evidence do you have for the change of this threshold?

(1) 20.4 Open Space typologies where contributions are currently sought are shown below in Table 12:

(1) 20.5 Table 12

Type Definition Primary Purpose/Examples
Parks and Gardens Includes urban parks, formal gardens and country parks
  • informal recreation
  • community events.
Natural and Semi-Natural Greenspaces Includes publicly accessible woodlands, urban forestry, scrub, grasslands (e.g. downlands, commons, meadows), wetlands, open and running water and wastelands.
  • wildlife conservation,
  • biodiversity
  • environmental education and awareness.
Green Corridors 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.
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
Provision for Children and Young People Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people.
  • equipped play areas
  • ball courts
  • outdoor basketball hoop areas
  • skateboard areas
  • teenage shelters and ‘hangouts’
Outdoor Sports Facilities Natural or artificial surfaces either publicly or privately owned used for sport and recreation. Includes school playing fields.
  • outdoor sports pitches
  • tennis and bowls
  • athletics
  • playing fields (including school playing fields)
  • water sports
Allotments 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. May also include urban farms.
  • growing vegetables and other root crops
N.B. does not include private gardens
Cemeteries & Burial Grounds Cemeteries and other burial grounds.
  • quiet contemplation
  • burial of the dead
  • wildlife conservation
  • promotion of biodiversity

20.6 The Open Spaces Strategy consultation will explore the opportunities to include new typologies of open space for developer contributions and the Provision for Open Space Sport Recreation: Developer Guidance document will reflect this.

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