Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by Peabody Trust (PPG 23)

DRAFT REVISION OF PPG 17: SPORT, OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION

  Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the revised PPG 17. I am pleased to confirm our broad support of the proposed changes and the increased emphasis given to the provision of Open Space.

  In response to Question 2, we welcome the proposal that local planning authorities should carry out an assessment of needs and opportunities in their areas. We consider that more emphasis is rightly given in this revision on protection of existing good quality open space and facilities. Our experience at Peabody Trust has demonstrated that such assessment should be community-led and we would suggest that comprehensive community involvement in assessments should be required. It therefore follows that planning guidance should avoid being prescriptive where possible and allow local planning authorities, in consultation with the community, to set relevant standards (Questions 6 and 7).

  The increased emphasis on the importance of good management of recreational facilities is particularly welcome. Experience of providing and maintaining facilities at the Trust for many years has demonstrated the importance of active management to encourage residents' ownership of their estate. Active management also enables landlords to deal with adverse effects on neighbours and reduce conflict between adjacent uses, particularly in dense urban environments.

October 2001


 
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