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Local Green Space

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) introduced a new concept of a Local Green Space designation (1). This is a discretionary designation to be made by inclusion within a local development plan or neighbourhood development plan.

The designation should only be used where the land is not extensive, is local in character and reasonably close to the community; and, where it is demonstrably special, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquility or richness of its wildlife (2).

Policies within the local development plan or neighbourhood development plan for managing development within a Local Green Space should be consistent with the policies protecting green belts within the NPPF (3).

References

(1) Paragraph 76, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012

(2) Paragraph 77, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012

(3) Paragraph 78, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012

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