Question 10: Do you consider the minimum provision standards are still relevant, or should they go up or down?

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Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 217

Received: 10/03/2015

Respondent: The Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

No Comment

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No Comment

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 336

Received: 09/04/2015

Respondent: Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

The standard for Natural Greenspace seems very conservative when compared, for example, to Natural England's Access to Natural Greenspace (ANGST) standard which aspires that people have an area of natural greenspace of at least 2ha within 300 metres of their home.

A link to the Natural England document is attached.

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The standard for Natural Greenspace seems very conservative when compared, for example, to Natural England's Access to Natural Greenspace (ANGST) standard which aspires that people have an area of natural greenspace of at least 2ha within 300 metres of their home.

A link to the Natural England document is attached.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 360

Received: 12/04/2015

Respondent: LUBENHAM Parish Council

Representation Summary:

Allotments and community gardens seem very sought after and we would suggest that this standard should be increased.

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Allotments and community gardens seem very sought after and we would suggest that this standard should be increased.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 408

Received: 14/04/2015

Respondent: Natural England

Representation Summary:

We agree that the accessibility of open space is an important consideration for the Open Spaces Strategy. We support the proposal to address any shortfalls of open space identified by communities close to where they live

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Planning Consultation: Harborough District Council Open Spaces Strategy and Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation: First Stage Issues Consultation
Thank you for your consultation on the above document which was received by Natural England on 25 February 2015.
Natural England is a non-departmental public body. Our statutory purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced, and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development.
Natural England welcomes Harborough District Council¡¦s review of its Open Spaces Strategy 2011 in line with the principles outlined in Chapter 2 Background:
„h enabling communities to nominate open space as Assets of Community Value;
„h protecting Open Space Sport and Recreation sites against development unless alternative provision is made; and
„h designating Local Green Space.
We have the following comments to make on specific aspects of the proposed strategy.
Chapter 1 Introduction
We welcome the recognition in paragraph 1.7 of the importance of connecting green spaces and settlements through a network of ¡§Greenways¡¨. Providing a well-managed accessible network of quality parks and green spaces will contribute to the City¡¦s Green Infrastructure and can provide the framework for environmentally sustainable development.
We note that the community¡¦s views will be sought to consider where this network could be developed, and how it will be paid for and managed. You may wish to refer to Natural England¡¥s Nature Nearby Accessible Natural Greenspace Guidance which aims to assist those planning and managing greenspace and provides a source of advice and support for delivering high quality nature nearby. It sets out the Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt), which recommends an approach for assessing greenspace needs.
Chapter 6 Open Space Typologies
We support the commitment in paragraph 6.4 to natural and semi-natural greenspaces, including urban and rural Woodland and Country Parks in the interests of wildlife conservation, biodiversity and environmental education and awareness. We strongly support the proposed development of Green Corridors or ¡§Greenways¡¨ for the purposes of walking, cycling, horse riding, other leisure pursuits and
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to provide opportunities for wildlife migration (paragraph 6.8).
Chapter 7 Aims
We acknowledge the aims of the strategy as set out in Chapter 7. We particularly welcome the following aims:
Aim 1 - To provide and maintain appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations;
Aim 2 - Conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected;
Aim 3 - To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free;
Aim 4 - Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces;
Aim 7 - Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people.
Chapter 8 Open Space in Harborough District - Background and Benefits of Open Space
We strongly support the commitment at paragraph 8.5 to adopt policies that allow for existing habitat to be protected and new habitat created.
We are encouraged by the statement in paragraph 8.7 recognising that Open Spaces play an important role in flood mitigation and we welcome the intention to engage stakeholders and partners to develop good open space planning and maintenance to help reduce the risk of flooding. This commitment to manage environmental assets in a sustainable way represents a positive approach towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Chapter 10 Open Spaces Audit and Assessment of Need
We agree that the accessibility of open space is an important consideration for the Open Spaces Strategy. We support the proposal to address any shortfalls of open space identified by communities close to where they live. Paragraph 10.12 suggests that this may include the requirement for additional play spaces that are local in nature and close to communities, as well as a requirement for strategic open space areas such as country parks that provide a destination site.
Paragraph 10.16 explains that information is being collected from communities concerning the quality of open space in the area with a view to developing a quality vision for open space. We welcome the importance attached to the quality of open space which this commitment represents. Aiming for the quality standards for accessible parks and green space represented by the Green Flag Award, Country Parks Accreditation and the Local Nature Reserve visitor standards may provide useful benchmarks against which to measure the quality vision.

Comment

Open Spaces Strategy First Stage Issues Consultation

Representation ID: 433

Received: 15/04/2015

Respondent: THURNBY AND BUSHBY Parish Council

Representation Summary:

While recognising the basis for the calculations as detailed in the full document, the District Council is encouraged to view that amounts for the various forms of open space should be seen as the minimum expectation/requirement.

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RESPONSE TO THE HARBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL OPEN SPACES STRATEGY: FIRST STAGE ISSUES CONSULTATION (easy read version of consultation)

General Comment:
This shortened version of the on-line consultation document made it much easier for the Parish Council to respond. It is suggested that the approach be adopted for future consultations and made available on-line alongside the full consultation document. It should perhaps be emphasised, where appropriate, that such consultations are at a strategic level to discourage locally focussed responses and encourage a wider District view.

Sue Bloy
Clerk to the Parish Council

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QUESTION/STATEMENT RESPONSES/COMMENTS
2. What is an Open Space? Do you think that all the sorts of open spaces above, and the way that people use them, are important?
All seven of the currently defined areas of open space are important and the descriptions of them and how they are used are entirely appropriate.
Do you think that it would be a good idea to have these new sorts of open spaces included in our Open Spaces Strategy?
Fully endorse the addition of Civic Spaces and Green Corridors or Greenways as additional areas of open space. These would also have benefits in relation to tourism.
Do you think that Greenways for cycling would be important for healthy cycling and walking and also useful for people to get to work? Support. In addition to enabling people to get to work 'Greenways' might be used for children cycling/walking to school.
Do you think that Harborough District Council should try and work with other people to build cycle routes using railway lines that are not used anymore? This would be like the Brampton Valley Way and would be useful to help people keep fit and healthy. Support. There are opportunities here for s106 agreements to include contributions by Developers.

Ditto response to previous question.
5. How much open space should be provided? Do you think that the amount of open space that we have written down sounds okay?
While recognising the basis for the calculations as detailed in the full document, the District Council is encouraged to view that amounts for the various forms of open space should be seen as the minimum expectation/requirement.

Are there any open spaces that you think there should be more of or less of? This might be because the ones you use are very busy or it might be because they do not get used at all. It might be that you and your friends do not live close enough to a particular sort of open space to be able to walk to it.
* Amenity green spaces in new developments should be adequate to meet the needs of residents and be protected from future housing development. They should be landscaped with trees etc. bearing in mind the need to balance the short/medium term impact of trees planted and the longer term desirable provision for future generations.
* Provision for children and young people - this needs to be adequate to meet the needs of an expanding population.
* Cemeteries - there is a need for additional provision across the District to meet the needs of communities. This is of particular importance in communities where cemeteries are closed and available burial grounds are at some distance.
6. How far are you prepared to walk or travel to open space? Think about the sorts of open spaces we have written down. Which of these open spaces needs to be very close to people's homes? Amenity green space including smaller play areas.
How long do you think it should take to walk to the open spaces which are close to people's homes? 5 - 10 minutes
Are there any sorts of open space that would be okay if they were put further away?
Sports fields, cemeteries and allotments. However, security issues should be taken into account when siting such facilities eg allotments.
How long would you be happy to travel to these open spaces either by foot, bike or bus? 10 - 15 minutes
Do you think that it is important that any open spaces that you have to travel to are close to a bus route?
Yes in an ideal world. However, there are many places across the District where there is either inadequate or no bus provision.
The open space close to us isn't very exciting, what can the Council do about that?
Presumably both these two statements/questions refer to 'Open spaces do not have all the things that people want' rather than 'Distances that people are prepared to walk or travel to'. The Parish Council has therefore addressed both accordingly.

It is crucial that open spaces have adequate provision of street furniture (eg litter bins, seating for the elderly and infirm) and, where appropriate, are well lit. There should be a repair and maintenance programme to ensure that street furniture, play equipment etc is not allowed to fall into disrepair. Incidents of vandalism need to be addressed promptly in order to discourage further damage and 'copycat' incidents.
Tell us if you have any open spaces that you use, where the things that are provided are old, damaged or there needs to be more equipment and facilities.

7. What does the Council do with the information you have given? We would like to hear your thoughts about this vision and whether you think it is too short or too long and how it might need to be changed.
Suggested amendment to 'Vision' - "Our vision is to provide quality open space which is what the community wants; is accessible to all; valued and enjoyed by everyone; and, is well maintained and protected for future generations."

In addition, it is vital that decisions regarding where open space(s) will be located are made by the Council in conjunction with Parish/Town Councils and the community and not by developers.
What do you think of the aims, and what they mean to you?
Overall the aims are good, but some of the wording needs tightening up - eg the 'What this means' column is too wordy.
Do you think that any of these aims should be changed? If so how should they be changed?
Suggested amendments to aims:

Aim 3: amend 'What this means' to read "We will make sure that people using open spaces feel safe at all times and that open spaces are clean and clear of litter and fouling."

Aim 4: 'What this means' needs some examples of how groups will be supported.

Aim 6: Larger open spaces such as parks should be encouraged to have cafés which will give a service to the community thus encouraging use of the open space and provide a local business opportunity.

Suggested additional Aim 8: "Open Space has educational value by providing local places for school visits and fieldwork, and other activities for young people."