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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
21.1. Open Space provide places for people to enjoy recreational activities and exercise that contribute towards their health and wellbeing.
21.2. Activities can range from freely determined play to organised sport. They can also involve more passive recreation, and perhaps just a place to sit and contemplate.
21.3. They also provide a place that allows people of all ages to meet. This contributes to community cohesion and social integration, and supports an increased sense of belonging to an area as well as closer neighbourhood ties.
21.4. Poor air quality, urban heat and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle among today's population are frequently linked to problems of ill health. In particular, they have been found to contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and increasing levels of obesity in adults and children. By providing spaces for physical exercise and contributing to better air quality, green spaces help to counteract such health problems.
21.5. The aesthetic benefit of having green space around you can have a positive effect by reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and alleviating cognitive disorders and attention deficit disorder. Being able to not only to relax, but also to exercise outdoors in green areas, contributes to better mental health and well-being.
21.6. What has been achieved since 2009:
Harborough Walking Group
Welland Park Gym
Tennis Court renovation 2012
Support for sport clubs (HTFC, MHRFC)
Others to be added
Actions to achieve this objective
Continue to provide open spaces suitable for organised sport
Leisure team continue to monitor the number of persons taking regular exercise
Continue to provide areas for children's play
Work with Partners and landowners to create a network of greenways that allow walking and cycling , either for leisure or commuting
Continue to provide advice and support for community groups and individuals who want to promote health and wellbeing activities and facilitate use of open spaces for these activities where possible
Actions to achieve this objective
Provide additional space for outdoor gyms and activities that support older people to exercise
Work with partners and community groups to provide green gyms where appropriate