Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Ended on the 13th April 2015
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Chapter 21 Operation of the Guidance

21.1 Intended Outcomes

  • To determine methodology for assessing the population in new development
  • To reflect the updated accessibility threshold for contributions
  • To determine the methodology required to reflect the settlement hierarchy in the new Local Plan, and how open space requirements will be sought
  • To reflect the updated minimum provision standards
  • To determine how exceptions to the policy should be determined


21.2 The current assumed rate of occupation used to calculate a new development population is as follows in Table 13:

21.3 Table 13

No of bedrooms
Assumed no of residents

21.4 If the house types are not known then a rate of 2.3 persons per dwelling is applied as an average.

21.5 We are seeking views whether the occupation rates are relevant and whether they need to be increased or decreased.

(1) Question: Are the assumed numbers of persons per new dwelling in table 13 still relevant?

(1) Question: Is an average number of persons per dwelling of 2.3 still relevant?

21.6 The updated accessibility thresholds used to calculate whether open space is required will be used in this section.

21.7 Views are being sought through the Open Space Strategy consultation concerning the settlement hierarchy in the new Local Plan and whether quantity of open space provision should reflect the different requirements of communities. The outcome of that consultation will be reflected in this document.

21.8 The current minimum provision standards for open space typologies are shown below Table 14:

21.9 Table 14

Open Space Type Suggested 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 suggested 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.

21.10 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: Should the amount of open space required from any development be adjusted in line with the settlement hierarchy in the Local Plan?

21.11 There may be exceptions to the general policy concerning provision of open space. For example where a community has decided that there is a requirement for one particular typology of open space, should the general on site requirement be reduced or waived in favour of providing a single typology?

21.12 Through consultation we are seeking communities and others views concerning this and how the policy should be applied in these circumstances.

(5) Question : Do you consider that communities should be able to determine whether a particular type of open space is required as a priority over others?

(2) Question : How could prioritisation of open space be implemented?

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