Planning Advice Note 65 advocates a standards-based approach to the assessment and future planning of open space. The standards should cover quality, quantity and accessibility.
greenspace scotland’s review of work on audits and strategies found that local authorities were finding the process of developing appropriate standards very challenging. Over the last two years, with funding support from SNH, greenspace scotland has worked with five local authorities (Fife, North Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire in year 1 and Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow City in year 2) to develop a framework for producing local standards.
This project has developed from our national mapping work and our earlier research into the experiences of authorities developing Open Space Strategies (OSS).The report “Open Space Audits and Strategies –review of practice in Scotland” is available for download here
The framework, which is based on initial work from Fife Council’s Open Space Strategy and Local Development Plan Supplementary Guidance
covers open space quantity, quality and accessibility
applies to new developments and existing areas
links directly to local (settlement or neighbourhood) assessments of open space provision and need
takes account of the nature and condition of the area around proposed developments
This framework was explored with our colleagues in the other four councils and each is now moving forward with their own versions of the framework model. The draft standards from each council area are being incorporated into relevant Local Development Plans and Open Space Strategies.
If you are interested in developing standards for your area, contact Deryck Irving