Neighbourhood Planning: Local Green Spaces

Green infrastructure contributes to the quality and distinctiveness of the local environment. It creates opportunities for walking and physical activity and generally adding to quality of life. Green infrastructure is diverse in character and can include formal parks and gardens, informal grassed areas, linear paths, towpaths, sports pitches and various other kinds of landscaped area.

For many local communities, securing high quality green infrastructure in and around their neighbourhood is important. Neighbourhood plans can include policies for green spaces and can be used to designate ‘Local Green Spaces’ to protect them for current and future generations.

Section 1 of the document sets out why green space is important and discusses its different values. Section 2 discusses how neighbourhood plans can address green space. Section 3 looks at evidence requirements and Section 4 comprises an audit tool for use where existing evidence is not available. Section 5 discusses community and stakeholder engagement. Sections 6 and 7 comprise guidance and a tool for making Local Green Space designations. Section 8 looks at other green space designations, which must be taken into account when considering Local Green Space designations. Section 9 deals with policy making for Local Green Spaces.

The document is aimed at local communities, Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums and others involved in neighbourhood planning.

Neighbourhood Planning: Local Green Spaces (502.1KB pdf)

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