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Delivering and Maintaining Quality Open Spaces for Recreation Richard Nicholson Greenspace Development Team Leader Borough of Poole Leisure Services RTPI South West Region Planning for Amenity 18 th June 2010 Cirencester
Greenspace Development Team Leader
Borough of Poole Leisure Services
RTPI South West Region
Planning for Amenity
18th June 2010
Money collected contributes to funds for district wide facilities including:
Although Poole has a beautiful natural environment and some high quality parks, the amount of public open space in some of the older and more densely urban areas is limited and does not meet Local Plan standards for provision
Casual and Equipped Children’s play 0.6-0.8 hectares per 1,000
Youth and Adult Outdoor play 1.6-1.8 hectares per 1,000
Total 3.2 hectares per 1,000
Amenity open space will be provided on-site if the development is of a sufficient size to justify the provision of at least 0.2ha. Where the area of open space is less than this and in the case of Equipped Children’s Play, Youth and Adult Outdoor Play and other recreational facilities, provision will be off site.
Where practicable in areas of deficiency, acquisition of additional land will be a priority. Where this is not possible, the shortfall will be addressed by focussing on the overall “fitness of purpose” of existing space. Well thought out upgrading can do much to increase the capacity and utilisation of recreational land
DTLR “Green Spaces Better Places”
CABESpace What are we scared of? The value of risk in designing public space
How to…. Series from Greener Safer Cleaner Communities initiative
English Partnerships and The Housing Corporation Urban Design Compendium
Play England publications DCSF 10 Design Principles for successful Play Spaces
BoP Core strategy
Emerging BoP Public Realm Strategy
The Guardian October 12 2004
‘I feel we made a mistake in letting people walk in the water. I apologise for that. I though people would picnic near the memorial, and run their hands through the water, think about their lives, think about Diana’
Engagements and dialogue not consultation. This involves challenging, pushing boundaries, developing a shared understanding of the space, creating informed decision makers
Large trees in the urban environment – a design and management guide (RP939)
Trees contribute to the green infrastructure of Poole. Parks and open spaces with trees, connected by green routes comprising highway trees, trees growing on footpaths and cycle routes and trees growing in gardens adjoining highways and footpaths contribute to this green infrastructure, to the benefit of residents and visitors. Greening the connections as well as the spaces is to be encouraged. (See South East Dorset Green Infrastructure Framework Document adopted by BoP December 2009)
Solar access (allowing sunlight for the purposes of solar collectors) may become increasingly important in the future and will be considered by Leisure Services in devising planting schemes that are intended to have a long future.