Please see below for a recent letter we have received from Runnymede Borough Council relating to their local green space consultation.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Runnymede Local Green Space Consultation
Runnymede Borough Council is currently undertaking a consultation asking residents and other interested parties their views on whether there are any green areas in Runnymede that the Council should consider designating as Local Green Spaces (LGS). The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out that the role and purposes of LGSs stating that: ‘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’.
Runnymede Borough Council is asking for individuals to read through the LGS methodology on the Council’s Planning Policy web pages and to submit any potential green areas they wish to be considered for LGS designation. The methodology and proforma can be found within the Local Plan 2035 consultation page here .For all green area submissions the Council requires evidence as to why a site and/or area is of particular significance to the local community and why it should be given additional protection compared to other areas of open space across the Borough.
The consultation will be open for four weeks. After this time, all responses will be assessed by the Policy and Strategy team using the criteria explained in the LGS methodology, please refer to the assessment criteria when you are making a submission. Failure to provide comprehensive information may lead to the site not being considered any further. Any proposed LGS designations that officers believe to fulfil the criteria outlined in the methodology will be detailed in the Open Space Study (OSS) which is an evidence base document that will underpin the new Local Plan. Any recommendations for LGS designations will then be consulted on as part of the Local Plan process. The consultation will run until 5pm on Friday 18th December 2015. Responses can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned by post to:-
Policy and Strategy Team
Runnymede Borough Council
Should you have any queries about the consultation please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tel: 01932 425274