The National Planning Policy Framework requires planning policies to be based on robust and up to date assessments of the need for open space, sport and recreation facilities.

In order to provide a robust evidence base for the Local Plan the Borough Council commissioned specialist consultants to undertake three different but complementary studies:

These three studies have informed the preparation of the Borough Council’s own Open Spaces Strategy which includes priority actions to protect and improve open spaces. The Strategy will ensure the Council’s commitment to high quality open spaces is fully integrated into its strategies, plans and programmes, by influencing and informing policy development and implementation across the Council’s activities.

Last updated: Wed 20th March, 2019 @ 16:02