Peterborough City Council are preparing a new Local Plan, this is an important document as it will determine what Peterborough and the surrounding villages will look like in the future and how it will become an even better place to live, work and visit.
Nominations have been requested for areas to be considered as Local Green Space, areas residents value and would like to ensure stay that way. From discussions with many of you in the ward I’ve nominated 7 particular areas as shown by stars in the map below.
These being , Scott Close Recreation Ground, land opposite the Horsey Toll Service Station, the section of land opposite the entrance to Hemingford Crescent by the post box, Havelock Drive allotments, Park Farm Play Park, the school playing field and land adjacent to the pond in Park Farm.
There is no plan to build on these areas but we need to ensure we preserve them for recreation and exercise areas for future generations.
It is highly unlikely many of the areas would even be considered for future development due to their location and designation but if they are on the list of areas deemed important to you and I as local residents, then they will be recorded as important areas in the local plan at this early stage.
Local Green Space is a new national policy designation that aims to protect green areas or spaces which are demonstrably special to a local community and hold a particular local significance.
Local Green Space Designation can be used where the green space is:
- In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves; and
- demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including playing fields), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
- local in character and is not an extensive tract of land