Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

Requirements for New Open Space

12.7 An Open Space Strategy was carried out in 2017 which assessed Thanet's open space provision. The results and recommendations are set out in Table 12 which show a deficit in all typologies against the Field in Trust guidelines. The following policies seek to deliver these recommendations for open space provision in new development. Further advice is given in Chapter 4 Environment Strategy. This sets out the intention of the Council to apply the Fields in Trust Guidelines to new developments in line with the draft recommendations in the strategy.

12.8 Table 12 sets out the provision guidelines, tables 10 and 11, set out the accessibility criteria and the Quantity Benchmark Guidelines for equipped/designated play space, respectively.

Table 10: Fields in Trust Accessibility Criteria

Open Space typology

Walking guideline (Walking distance metre from dwellings)*

Parks and Gardens

710m (approximately 10 minutes)

Natural and semi natural greenspace

720m (approximately 10 minutes)

Amenity greenspace

480m (approximately a 6 minute walk)

Equipped/designated play areas

LAPs 100m

LEAPs 400m

NEAPs 1,000m

Other Outdoor provision

MUGAs and skateboard parks

700m

*Accessibility guidelines are provided as walking distance from dwellings. Indicative walking distances can be determined from the accessibility guidelines as set out below.

  • 250m = 2 - 3 minutes' walk
  • 400m = 5 minutes' walk
  • 800m = 10 minutes' walk
  • 1,200m = 15 minutes' walk
  • 1,600m = 20 minutes' walk

Table 11: Recommended Application of Quantity Benchmark Guidelines - Equipped/Designated Play Space

Scale of development

no. of dwellings

LAP

LEAP

NEAP

MUGA

5-10

Y

10-200

Y

Y

Contribution

201-500

Y

Y

Contribution

Y

501+

Y

Y

Y

Y

Source: Fields In Trust - Guidance for Outdoor Sport and Play Oct 2015

Table 12: Requirements for New Open Space

Open Space typology

Existing provision

Total no. of sites

Ha

Current provision ha/1000

Fields in Trust guidelines

Requirement by 2031

Projected

Deficit/ oversupply 2031

Amenity Greenspace

137

67.11

0.52

0.6ha per 1,000 per population

96.9

-29.79

Provision for children and young people

31

3.61

0.03

0.25ha per 1,000 population

40.38

-76.77

Allotments

16

24.46

0.17

0.2ha per 1,000 population

32.3

-7.84

Natural and semi-natural greenspace

14

100.51

0.71

1.8ha per 1,000 population

290.7

-190.19

Public parks and gardens

26

74.54

0.53

0.8ha per 1,000 population

129.2

-54.66