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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (paragraph 76 and 77) states:

 “Local communities through local and neighbourhood plans should be able to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them. By designating land as Local Green Space local communities will be able to rule out new development other than in very special circumstances. Identifying land as Local Green Space should therefore be consistent with the local planning of sustainable development and complement investment in sufficient homes, jobs and other essential services. Local Green Spaces should only be designated when a plan is prepared or reviewed, and be capable of enduring beyond the end of the plan period.

The Local Green Space designation will not be appropriate for most green areas or open space. The designation should only be used:

  • where the green space is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
  • where the green area is 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; and
  • where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

Local policy for managing development within a Local Green Space should be consistent with policy for Green Belts.”

We are now undertaking a consultation to identify suitable sites to be designated as Local Green Spaces in accordance with the above paragraphs across North West Leicestershire.

 If you are aware of any land that could be considered for inclusion please either:

The closing date for submissions is the end of Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Whilst neighbourhood plans are particularly suited to identifying Local Green Space, there are only a few neighbourhood plans being prepared in our area at present. The District Council is undertaking this call for sites so that there is a consistent approach across the District and so that the communities without a neighbourhood plan would also be able to put forward sites.

Sites can be nominated for consideration by any member of a community, however a centralised response by the Parish / Town Council or Ward Members in unparished areas could give a more balanced response.

Each site will be considered against the criteria as set out in the NPPF and must score positively in each one to be considered.

In addition the District Council will look at the site’s planning history, including any local plan designations or application history as well as any land designations on the site, e.g. Conservation Areas, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Wildlife designations which might already provide protection to a site.

Please note that nominating a site does not automatically guarantee that the site will be designated as a Local Green Space. It is clear from the NPPF that the designation is not suitable for every green space in a settlement as it provides a high level of protection. It also cannot be used to put in a blanket cover to achieve Green Belt type protection under a different name and prevent sustainable development.

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