Local Green Spaces

The Parish Council is looking to identify, for special protection, green areas of particular importance to our local community.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says 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.”

This is not a designation which is applied lightly. Sites must meet certain criteria and be supported by a strong evidence base (which is to be provided by the community). Applying for the designation does not guarantee that it will be applied to an area of land. 

A site proposed as Local Green Space must meet the criteria set out within the NPPF.

More detailed information from Harrogate Borough Council can be viewed in the following document: HBC Open Green Space Info.docx 

It is not envisaged that areas which already hold designations (such as Village Greens, Common Land, SSSI’s etc) will be given / need this new designation and should not be put forwards by Parish Councils. 

This Parish Council has put forward a number of areas in North Stainley which can be viewed in this map: Local Green Space proposed areas.pdf