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Sefton Green space strategy. Steve Matthews Local Planning Manager Sefton Council. Sefton UDP. Policy framework to require public greenspace NPFA standards no longer acceptable! But … Open space study not complete. Policy approach.

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sefton green space strategy

Sefton Green space strategy

Steve Matthews

Local Planning Manager

Sefton Council

sefton udp
Sefton UDP
  • Policy framework to require public greenspace
  • NPFA standards no longer acceptable!

But …

  • Open space study not complete
policy approach
Policy approach
  • Residential development – requirement for provision on site or enhancement nearby

Also ….

  • Commercial, industrial and leisure development …

but only

‘where clear shortage of greenspace has been identified in a Council-approved greenspace strategy’

open space study
Open space study
  • 734 urban greenspace sites
  • benefits – recreation, trees, visual, wildlife

However …

  • narrow approach
the green space approach
The green space approach

Change of direction …

  • Rise in profile of green space
  • CABE Space
  • Other authorities’ experience – strategic approach > extra funding
  • Green infrastructure
role of green space strategy
Role of green space strategy
  • Link to other strategies
  • Umbrella for recreation studies
  • Objectives of Sefton Borough Partnership
  • Corporate approach
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North Merseyside Biodiversity ActionPlan

Mersey Forest Plan

Community Strategy

Parks & Open Spaces Management Plan

Playing pitches Strategy

Community Safety Strategy

Regional Spatial Strategy

Green Space Strategy

Public Health Partnership Strategies e.g. physical activity, mental health

Play Strategy

Nature Conservation Strategy for the Coast

Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy

Parks Strategy

Footpaths, Cycling & Accessibility Strategies

Coast Management Plan

steering group
Steering group
  • Wide representation – within and outside Council
  • ‘Green spaces’ v ‘urban greenspace’
  • Different types of benefits – health, climate change, involving communities, regeneration
developing standards 1
Developing standards 1

PPG 17 typology

Assess …

  • Quantity
  • Quality
  • Accessibility

+ variety

developing standards 2
Developing standards 2

Quantity

  • Is there enough …? (too much? too little?)
  • … of each of the different types in PPG17?

Quality

  • Does it have the right kind of facilities?
  • Is it well maintained?
developing standards 3
Developing standards 3

Accessibility – 2 key aspects

  • Parks and gardens

400 metres, 1km, 3km

  • Accessible natural green spaces – variation of Natural England model

400m - site of 20ha

2km - site of 20-100ha

practical issues
Practical issues
  • Straight line v. actual distance
  • Distance to boundary or to entrance
  • Effect of barriers
  • What is ‘natural’ green space?
  • Impact on extent of deficiency
consultation
Consultation
  • Parish councils
  • Community empowerment network
  • Network South
  • Focus groups
  • Area committees
  • Pitches - leagues and clubs
  • Youth advisors
  • After school clubs
next steps
Next steps
  • Green space issues report
  • 2 main documents:

- g’space & dev’t SPD – standards/ procedures

- corporate g’space strategy – action plan & priorities

  • Supporting both documents

- strategies for … play, open space, playing pitches, allotments

green space strategy opportunities
Green space strategy - opportunities
  • clear priorities
  • link trees money to wider green space projects
  • widen scope of what is possible

- different partners & pots of funding, one-off funding

  • respond better to local needs – involving the community