Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda

Appendix: Recommended Open Space Typology

Based on Kit Campbell Associates (2001), Rethinking Open Space, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive

TypologyPrimary Planning Objective Planning methodology
Parks and gardens (including designed landscapes) To maximise the accessibility, quality and ability of (almost completely existing) parks, gardens and the countryside around towns and villages to withstand increasing levels of use without deterioration in quality Supply-led
Natural greenspacesTo promote wildlife conservation, bio-diversity and environmental education and awareness Supply or opportunity-led
Green corridorsTo improve the permeability of the urban area by means of a comprehensive and sustainable network of pedestrian and cycling routes linking housing areas to community or recreation facilities and places of employment Demand-led
Outdoor sports facilitiesTo meet the demand for sport across the whole of the urban area in the long term interests of health and social inclusion Demand-led or Strategy-led
Amenity greenspaceTo enhance the local environment and provide opportunities for informal activities Standards-based
Provision for children and teenagersTo ensure children and teenagers have safe opportunities to interact with their peers and learn social and movement skills within their home environment Standards-based
AllotmentsTo help those people who wish to do so to grow their own produce as part of the long term promotion of sustainability, health and social inclusion Demand-led
Cemeteries and churchyardsTo maximise the attractiveness of these areas for quiet contemplation Supply-led

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