The importance of public Open Space

Natural England has carried out a survey of access in the south-east and note only 20% of the population have access to public green-space within what it considers walking distance |(300m.)

This may not be surpring for urban settings but traditionally rural settings are much more generously endowed with public open space – not only fields but also space within the village structure itself.

There is no doubt that the vast majority of residents are resentful, not of development which they have always accommodated, but of urbanising development that seeks to fill every gap with ‘off-the-peg’ designs that show little regard for the ‘sense of place’ of Bloxham.

In various BNDP consultations the importance of space both in preserving rurality and in affording access to healthy activity is well documented.
Children particularly liked having  public rights of way (P.R.O.W.)  with a rural feel that they could walk to within the village itself.  Unfortunately some of the developments recently approved by the secretary of state will have a significant urbanising effect upon some of these and a recent application from Talor Woodrow would, if finally approved,  just about totally remove any rural PROW for the south-east of the village where most new developments is going.

A key aspect of the neighbourhood Plan will be the preservation of rural housing densities, of non-urbanised public rights of way and of key open views and vistas within the village.

You can see what is proposed in the draft plan and its associated documents available here. You will also find links to further documents in the Housing and landscape report available from the same web-page.

Barford Rd:  largely built in the 1980s but preserves a rural openess.

Barford Rd: largely built in the 1980s but preserves a rural openess.

 

Coutington lane built around the 1970

Coutington lane built around the 1970

WorkhouseLane in the older part of the village

Workhouse Lane in the older part of the village

 

Brookide another 80s estate

Brookside: another estate from around the early 80s

 

Painters close - early 80s

Painters close – early 80s

 

 

Tadmarton Rd - mixed but - much of it around the 70s.

Tadmarton Rd – mixed but – much of it 70s to 90..

 

Bloxhgam Park Estate - early -mid  eightes

Bloxhgam Park Estate – early  to mid eightes

 

Coliins Drive - one of the more recently approved estates

Coliins Drive – one of the more recently approved estates

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