1. Preferred Options Revisions

Section 6 - Local Green Space

Local Green Space

6.1 The Council is inviting Town and Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums and community organisations to submit areas for consideration as Local Green Space (LGS), during this public consultation.  Paragraph 76 of the NNPF states, that local communities should be able to identify for special protection, green areas of particular importance to them.  However, paragraph 77 states further that the Local Green Space designation would not be appropriate for most green areas.  For an area to be considered for the Local Green Space the NPPF identifies three instances when the designation should be made. 

  1. The green space should be in reasonable proximity to the community it serves;
  2. The green space is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example, because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
  3. Where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

Other issues to consider when proposing an area for inclusion in this designation:

  1. The area does not have to be in public ownership, although contact with the landowner is advisable as they will have an opportunity to make representations in respect of the proposals affecting their land;
  2. How the land will be managed in the future
  3. Local Green Space designation cannot be applied to sites which have an existing planning permission or local plan allocation
  4. All proposals must be accompanied by an ordnance survey map with the site clearly identified

 

Further information is available from the following websites

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-planning-policy-framework/8-promoting-healthy-communities - paras 76-79, National Planning Policy Framework

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/open-space-sports-and-recreation-facilities-public-rights-of-way-and-local-green-space#Local-Green-Space-designation