The council commissioned a comprehensive assessment of open space provision in Kirklees in accordance with the requirements of national Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation.
It includes an audit of parks and public gardens, natural and semi-natural green spaces such as woodlands and scrubland, green corridors such as disused railways, cycleways and bridleways, outdoor sports facipties, children's play areas, amenity green space within housing developments, civic spaces, allotments, cemeteries and churchyards.
It also looks at existing and potential walking and cycling routes (priority links) with the aim of improving connections between open spaces and key destinations.
The recommendations are those put forward by the consultants (Knight, Kavanagh & Page) and are not necessarily endorsed by the council. The council is considering the imppcations of taking forward the recommendations as part of:
- the forthcoming Local Plan
- its work to develop sport and recreation facilities and secure new and enhanced open space provision
A key purpose of the study was to recommend open space provision standards for the Local Plan with a view to protecting existing open spaces from development and securing new open space provision where there are deficiencies. These recommendations are to be considered in due course as the Local Plan is progressed.
The study also makes recommendations on enhancements to existing open space which will assist the council in developing and improving leisure and recreational opportunities. Some of these recommendations are already being taken into account, for example in the programme to upgrade existing play areas.