Local Green Space Designation

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You may be aware of the opportunity that exists for communities to put forward areas of green space for consideration for designation as Local Green Space in either the Craven Local Plan or in Neighbourhood Plans prepared by parishes. 

This is a new area of local planning, offering communities the opportunity to identify areas of green space which are of value to them because of the wildlife they are home to, their beauty, their cultural or heritage significance, the tranquillity they provide or their recreational value.  If designated in the Local Plan Local Green Space Designations would be protected from inappropriate development.  

Craven District Council will be inviting sites to be put forward to be assessed for their suitability as Local Green Space Designations in the emerging Local Plan for Craven over a 6 week period from Wed 21st Oct to Wed 2nd December. 

Craven District Council is asking you to help co-ordinate the Local Green Spaces submissions for your parish because you already play an important role within the community. It may well be that you already know of green spaces which are well used by the community or you may already have groups or individuals in mind who are active in your area that will be able to provide you with suggested sites for consideration as Local Green Space designations.  Craven District Council hopes that you would be willing to coordinate your parish’s response to this consultation by sending applications to us by the end of the 6 week period of consultation.  Applications can also be submitted by groups and individuals directly to the Planning Policy Team at Craven District Council. 

Attached is Craven District Council’s methodology for assessing applications for Local Green Space Designations.  This sets out how the Council will assess proposed sites, the type of information the community should provide as part of an application and the application form at appendix 4.  This methodology together with an online application form can be found on the Council’s website at: 

Please send in application forms & site plans completed either by the community or by the Town/Parish Council by Wednesday 2nd December 2015.