Open Spaces Strategy

Ended on the 2 October 2015
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Chapter 28 Open Space Calculations

28.1. The District Council has historically asked for a 15 year commuted sum for maintenance per hectare for open spaces transferred to the DistrictCouncils ownership. Consultation in 2015 has suggested that communities believe an increase the period for which developer contributions are collected isappropriate.

28.2. We propose, therefore, to increase the period from 15 years to 30 years for a commuted maintenance sum if the District Council accepts responsibility for maintenance of the open space in perpetuity.

28.3. This section of the document is intended to be the detailed guidance that will feed into the Planning Obligations Developer Guidance, in the context of the Core Strategy/ new Local Plan. This document has justified approaches based on data that is up to date and based on recent consultation with communities

28.4. This document provides information on the level of contributions towards open space, sport and recreation facilities that will be sought from developers applying for new residential development, together with other explanatory notes. The level of contributions will be reviewed annually to ensure that they are up to date. The data on which the calculations are based will be taken from 'live' data to ensure that the up to date picture of open space provision in the district is portrayed.

28.5. There are ten objectives for this document which support the aims of the Open Spaces Strategy. These are:

  • Improve access for all to open space, sport and recreation facilities;

  • Improve accessibility to open space, sport and recreation services to those groups and individuals with greatest social disadvantage;

  • Provide an appropriate balance between the provision of new open space and the enhancement of existing open space, so that the needs and aspirations of local communities are met.

  • Provide open space that is multifunctional and gives opportunities for habitat creation and biodiversity.

  • Provide open space that helps to mitigate against risk of flooding and the effects of climate change.

  • Achieve an integrated network of sustainable transport routes that are available to those wishing to walk or cycle for exercise or commuting.

  • Achieve an integrated approach towards land-use and transport policies and locate new open space, sport and recreation development where it will beaccessible to a wide range of transport including public and sustainable;

  • Reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime;

  • Increase leisure opportunities for young people;

  • Deliver a wide range of high quality open space that is fit for purpose, throughout the District.

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