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Local Green Space (LGS) Assessment

As part of the Local Plan Review we are undertaking a Local Green Space (LGS) Assessment.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced the opportunity for local communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them via a Local Green Space (LGS) designation.  The designation of land as a LGS can only be done through a Local Plan (LP) or Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).  As set out in Paragraphs 101 to 103 of the NPPF, and the relevant sections of the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), the LGS designation should only be used where a green area is:

  • In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves; and
  • Local in character and is not an extensive tract of land; and
  • Demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance in terms of either: beauty, historic significance, recreational value (incl. as a playing field), tranquility, or richness of its wildlife.

A “Call for Local Green Spaces” was undertaken in Summer 2022 to provide individuals, landowners, community groups, and town and parish councils with the opportunity to nominate green areas for consideration as a Local Green Space (LGS).  These nominations are in the process of being assessed in the LGS Assessments.

For more information on the Call for Local Green Spaces 2022 and how nominations are being assessed, please see the link at the bottom of this page.

We expect to publish our initial conclusions of the LGS Assessment in Spring 2024