Open Spaces Strategy

Ended on the 2 October 2015
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(5) Chapter 8 Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District

8.1. Harborough District Council owns and manages over 300 ha of open spaces throughout the District of Harborough.

8.2. The total amount of open or green spaces in both public and private ownership amounts to over 1,500 ha in Harborough District.

8.3. A full list of open space or green space assets in the district can be found at Appendix H.

8.4. The typologies of Open Space that are considered in this Strategy, with meanings and primary uses can be found in the table below.

Name of Open Space What the name means Main Uses of the open space

Parks and gardens

This includes parks in towns, formal parks and country parks

These do not cost money to use, are close to a bus route, and are well looked after. They are for people to enjoy and for community events such as fetes and shows

Natural and semi-natural Greenspaces, including urban and rural Woodland and Country Parks

These are publicly accessible woodlands, woodlands in towns, scrub, grasslands (e.g. downlands, commons, meadows), wetlands, ponds, lakes and running water and wastelands.

They are mainly for wildlife and are places where animals and plants live and can grow without being damaged

Amenity Greenspace

Most often found near houses. They include informal green spaces and village greens.

These are areas where people can play games with friends, close to their homes or work. These spaces also help to make housing and other areas look attractive

Outdoor sports facilities

Grass pitches or artificial pitches either publicly or privately owned used for sport and play. Includes school playing fields.

Used for playing outdoor sports such as football, rugby, cricket, tennis, bowls, athletics or countryside and water sports

Provision for children and Young people

This is an area for children and young people to play and meet up with friends

These areas would usually include play areas which have play equipment, like slides and swings. They would also include ball courts for 5 a side football , skateboard areas and teenage shelters for meeting up with friends

Allotments, community gardens

Areas for people who wish to grow their own fruit and vegetables. This sort of open space may also include farms in towns.

Opportunities for people who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables, and allow them to grow in a healthy and sustainable way

Cemeteries, disused Churchyards and other burial Grounds

Cemeteries and other places where people have been buried.

Places where people can go to think about people who have died. They are often a place where wildlife, animals and plants can live and grow without getting damaged..

Civic Spaces

This means places like the Market Squares in Market Harborough and Lutterworth. It could also include other areas with hard surfaces for people to walk on like St Marys Place in Market Harborough.

These spaces are mainly used for outdoor markets, fun events for the community like Harborough By The Sea. They also allow people to shop easily in the towns

Green Corridors or Greenways

These include towpaths and walkways alongside canals and riverbanks, cycleways, public footpaths and railway lines that are not used anymore.

These sorts of open spaces are mostly used for walking, cycling or horse riding. They could be used for fun, or for getting to work or to the shops. Because these greenways are left with trees and bushes they can also be used by wildlife.

8.5. Each Open Space has been assigned to a typology depending on its primary use. A full list of District wide open space irrespective of ownership can be found at Appendix H. This list will be updated throughout the life of the open spaces strategy to ensure the data retained by the District Council is current and up to date.

8.6. Provision of new open space will be made primarily where housing development takes place.

8.7. The mix of typologies, and the amount of open space provided will be determined using the Councils document 'Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation 2015'.

8.8. The provision of new open space by developers will be proportionate to the size of the development, only be required where there is a shortfall within the accessibility thresholds for each typology and will generally be sought on site.

8.9. Where of site provision is sought because of a constrained site, the amount of provision for a typology does not make a practically sized open space or the typology would be better suited to off site provision, then a commuted sum will be sought for off a site provision.

8.10. Details of the method of calculation can be found in Appendix I 'Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation 2015'.

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