Bloxham Green Spaces Part 1

There are different sorts of spaces identified by CDC when it seeks to obtain developer contributions or when it is assessing whether areas have a surfeit or shortage of such spaces.

What spaces?

  1. Parks and gardens (areas providing high-quality opportunities for informal recreation and community events).
  2. Natural and semi-natural green space (areas providing for wildlife conservation, biodiversity and environmental education and awareness).
  3. Amenity green space (areas providing opportunities for informal activities close to home or work or enhancement of the appearance of residential or other areas).
  4. Provision for children and young people (areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people, such as equipped play areas, multi-use games areas, skateboard parks and teenage shelters).
  5. Outdoor sports facilities (facilities for participation in outdoor sports).
  6. Allotments and community gardens (areas providing opportunities for those who wish to grow their own produce as part of the promotion of sustainability, health and social inclusion).
  7. Cemeteries and churchyards (areas providing for quiet contemplation and the burial of the dead, often linked to the promotion of wildlife conservation and diversity).
  8. Green corridors (linear areas providing for walking, cycling and horse riding, whether for leisure purposes or travel and opportunities for wildlife migration).
  9. Civic spaces (civic and market squares designed mainly for use by pedestrians

What’s the Role of the Parish Council?

Most provision of new spaces is associated with new developments and this is negotiated between CD Planning authority band the developer.
However – the CDC Green spaces strategy document (p7) notes the importance of involving the community stating CDC will¬† “involve town and parish councils in confirming local needs and the optimum way of meeting them, both in terms of additional provision and its ongoing management.”¬† Consequently we need pre-prepared views on this.

How much of these spaces should we have?

The Planning obligations booklet (July 2011) seems to offer an indication of the expected level of provision that developers are meant to provide to mitigate their presence and these are:

Local standards of provision – outdoor recreation

Type of provision Quantitative standard Accessibility standard Minimum size of provision Threshold for on-site provision
General green space (parks and gardens’ natural / semi-natural amenity green space) 1 51 ha per 1000 urban dwellers 2.3 ha per 1000 rural/urban edge dwellers 5 minute walk (amenrty open space) (400 m) 15 minute walk other (1200m) 200 sq m 10 urban dwellings 6 rural/urban edge dwellings
Play space (combining provision for younger and older children including MUGAs) 0.78ha ha per 1000 people 5 minutes walk
(400m ) except for NEAPs 15m walk (1200m)
LAP-100sq m activity zone, 400 sq m including buffer LEAP- 400 sq m aclivity zone, 3600 sq m including buffer NEAP- 1 000 sq m activity zone; 3500 sq m including buffer 10 dwellings (for a LAP) 50 dwellings (for a LEAP and LAP) 100 dwellings for a NEAP and LEAPs/LAPs.
Outdoor sports provision (combining tennis courts bowling greens, golf courses and playing pitches) 1.13 ha per 1000 people 10 minute walk (300m) urban Areas 10 minute drive (8km) rural areas 0.12 ha 65 dwellings
Allotments 0.31 ha per 1000 people 10 minute walk (300m) 02 ha 275 dwellings

The Planning obligations booklet also sets out likely costs.

See Green Spaces Part 2 here.

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