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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
28.1. The District Council has historically asked for a 15 year commuted sum for maintenance per hectare for open spaces transferred to the DistrictCouncils ownership. Consultation in 2015 has suggested that communities believe an increase the period for which developer contributions are collected isappropriate.
28.2. We propose, therefore, to increase the period from 15 years to 30 years for a commuted maintenance sum if the District Council accepts responsibility for maintenance of the open space in perpetuity.
28.3. This section of the document is intended to be the detailed guidance that will feed into the Planning Obligations Developer Guidance, in the context of the Core Strategy/ new Local Plan. This document has justified approaches based on data that is up to date and based on recent consultation with communities
28.4. This document provides information on the level of contributions towards open space, sport and recreation facilities that will be sought from developers applying for new residential development, together with other explanatory notes. The level of contributions will be reviewed annually to ensure that they are up to date. The data on which the calculations are based will be taken from 'live' data to ensure that the up to date picture of open space provision in the district is portrayed.
28.5. There are ten objectives for this document which support the aims of the Open Spaces Strategy. These are:
Improve access for all to open space, sport and recreation facilities;
Improve accessibility to open space, sport and recreation services to those groups and individuals with greatest social disadvantage;
Provide an appropriate balance between the provision of new open space and the enhancement of existing open space, so that the needs and aspirations of local communities are met.
Provide open space that is multifunctional and gives opportunities for habitat creation and biodiversity.
Provide open space that helps to mitigate against risk of flooding and the effects of climate change.
Achieve an integrated network of sustainable transport routes that are available to those wishing to walk or cycle for exercise or commuting.
Achieve an integrated approach towards land-use and transport policies and locate new open space, sport and recreation development where it will beaccessible to a wide range of transport including public and sustainable;
Reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime;
Increase leisure opportunities for young people;
Deliver a wide range of high quality open space that is fit for purpose, throughout the District.