The Local Plan for the Broads: Issues and Options Consultation

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19. Local Green Space

19.1 The NPPF and Local Green Space | 19.2 Local Green Space and the current Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans | 19.3 Would you like to propose any other areas as Local Green spaces? 

19.1 The NPPF and Local Green Space

The NPPF says ‘designation of land as Local Green Space through local and neighbourhood plans allows communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them’.

19.2 Local Green Space and the current Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans

In the Local Plan for the Broads 2019, we allocate some areas as Local Green Space. These are listed below and can be found on the Local Green Space policies map.

  • Bridge Green, Potter Heigham
  • Chedgrave Common
  • Part of Waveney Meadow that is not open space, Puddingmoor, Beccles
  • Land surrounding Beccles Rowing Club, Off Puddingmoor, Beccles
  • The Stone Pit, Station Road, Geldeston
  • The playing field, Station Road, Geldeston

We are aware that Neighbourhood Plans that are in production or already adopted often identify and allocate Local Green Spaces. We do not need to repeat those allocations in the Local Plan, as Neighbourhood Plan policies have the same weight as Local Plan policies.

19.3 Would you like to propose any other areas as Local Green spaces?

Are there other areas you would like us to consider as Local Green Spaces? If so, please complete the nomination form. For a site to potentially be allocated a Local Green Space in the emerging Local Plan, nominations need to meet the following criteria:

  1. in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
  2. demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife;
  3. local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

The NPPF also says:

  1. Designating land as Local Green Space should be consistent with the local planning of sustainable development and complement investment in sufficient homes, jobs and other essential services; and
  2. Local Green Spaces should only be designated when a plan is prepared or updated, and be capable of enduring beyond the end of the plan period.

Question 22: If you would like to nominate a local green space, please fill out the form here

If we get any nominations for Local Green Space, we will do the following:

  1. Undertake site visits
  2. May contact neighbours for their thoughts
  3. Ask the local Parish/Town Council for their thoughts on the nomination
  4. Contact the relevant district council for their thoughts
  5. Check adopted/emerging Neighbourhood Plans to ensure there is no repetition
  6. Check adopted/emerging Local Plans to see if any nominations are already protected as open space

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