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Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 1: Introduction to the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 2: What is the Open Spaces Strategy?
- Chapter 3: What the Open Spaces Strategy will do.
- Chapter 4: Policy Context
- Chapter 5: Strategy Vision
- Chapter 6: The Benefits of Open Space
- Chapter 7: Harborough District: Spatial Portrait and Open Space
- Chapter 8: Current provision of Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 9: Current Management Arrangements and Partnerships
- Chapter 10: Harborough District Councils Open Spaces
- Chapter 11 Future Management Proposals for Open Space in Harborough District
- Chapter 12: The value of Open Space to Business and the Local Community
- Chapter 13: Minimum Provision, Accessibility and Quality Thresholds
- Chapter 14: Aims of the Open Spaces Strategy
- Chapter 15: Aim 1.The provision and maintenance of appropriate and good quality open space that is open to all and protected for future generations
- Chapter 16: Aim 2. The natural environment, conservation and habitat is enhanced and protected
- Chapter 17: Aim 3. To ensure open spaces are safe and litter free, and contribute towards a safe environment
- Chapter 18: Aim 4. Voluntary groups are supported to use and manage open spaces
- Chapter 19: Aim 5: Deliver value for money services when managing open space
- Chapter 20: Aim 6. Open Space supports business and income is maximised
- Chapter 21: Aim 7. Ensure that open spaces support health and wellbeing of local people
- Chapter 22: Open Space Strategy Action Plan
- Chapter 23: Consultation
- Chapter 24: Strategy Review
- Chapter 25: List of Appendices
- Chapter 26 Introduction to Provision for Open Space Sport and Recreation
- Chapter 27 Scope of the open space and sport and recreation consultation
- Chapter 28 Open Space Calculations
- Chapter 29 When will the policy be applied?
- Chapter 30 What types of open space, sport and recreation facilities will require developer contributions?
- Chapter 31 How will the policy operate?
- Chapter 32 Where are the open spaces to be provided?
- Chapter 33 Appendix S: Developer contributions for new provision/enhancement of open space
- Chapter 34 Appendix T: Developer Contributions towards the Future Maintenance Costs of Outdoor Play Space, Amenity Areas and other Open Spaces
16.1. Harborough District's open spaces contain significant amounts of wildlife habitat which support a rich biodiversity. It is important that these habitats are managed sensitively to protect and enhance this biodiversity for current and future generations to enjoy. Priorities should include the conservation of natural habitats wherever possible, to increase wildlife value and improve biodiversity on all green spaces.
16.2. The Districts watercourses and reservoirs, woodlands and green wedges are important green infrastructure that is valued by communities and should be protected for community use and enjoyment and also for the habitat and conservation value it affords to wildlife.
16.3. There are a number of sites within the District that are designated.
- Local Nature Reserves at Scraptoft and North Kilworth.
- Leighfield Forest which straddles the border between Harborough and Rutland is a well-wooded area of high nature conservation, landscape and historical importance. Several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) protect what remains of the ancient woodland.
- One Geological SSSI.
- Tilton Railway Cutting SSSI, which is a 750m section of disused railway cutting providing exposures of sediments which were deposited during the Lower Jurassic Period.
16.4. Leicestershire has a Local Nature Partnership in place which provides a forum for partner organisations to help their local area to manage the natural environment as a system and to embed its value in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
16.5. Harborough District sits within the catchment of the Welland, Avon and other main rivers are the Swift, Sence and Eyebrook. The Welland River Partnership, Welland Rivers Trust, and the Soar valley Partnership work within the District to deliver water quality and habitat improvements.
16.6. Open Spaces contribute towards the mitigation against flood risk. They provide an opportunity to incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) which can provide habitat for wildlife and a visual amenity. The District Councils recommended approach towards incorporating SUDs in open space will be developed as part of the Strategy actions.
16.7. What has been achieved:
Local Nature Reserves
Battlefield Local Nature Reserve
North Kilworth Bogs
Sites of Special Scientific Interest
Tilton Railway Cutting
Great Bowden Borrowpit
Grand Union Canal
Local Wildlife Sites and SSSIs
See Appendix G
16.8. Related Policy
NPPF Section 11 para 109 and 114
Core Strategy Policy CS8
Actions to achieve this objective
- Maintain an appropriate balance between amenity areas and areas for wildlife protection/enhancement.
- Liaise with partners to ensure area for habitat and biodiversity are appropriately managed and where possible enhanced.
- Periodically review site management plans and grounds maintenance practices to ensure that natural habitats are being managed in the most appropriate way.
- Promote the planting of woodland within the District to better achieve The Woodland Trust access standard and the relevant actions of the LRWT Biodiversity Action Plan.
- To provide a Developer Guidance note regarding the planting and landscaping of SUDS for promotion of biodiversity.
- Comments to be provided at an early stage for landscaping and SUDS schemes on new development
Actions to achieve this objective
- Continue to work in partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust and others to ensure habitat and biodiversity is protected, enhanced and accessible.
- Establish and manage, where appropriate, meadow land, wetland and woodland on open space, taking account of management cost increases or decreases.
Actions to achieve this objective
- Promote the good design, landscaping, planting and construction of Sustainable Drainage systems and techniques that establish areas for habitat and biodiversity.
- Harborough District Council will adopt new water attenuation structures and balancing lagoons (where other suitable partner management cannot be found) with an appropriate commuted sum in line with the Provision for Open space Sport and Recreation policy.
- Harborough District Council will monitor flood alleviation structure not only for flood mitigation but for habitat management and improvement.