Open Space Provision and Commuted Payments: Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Closes 22 Mar 2019

Opened 6 Feb 2019

Overview

The existing Stockport Council’s ‘Recreational Open Space Provision and Commuted Payments’ Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), July 2006 outlines the commitment of the Council to promote a wide range of well-designed sport, leisure and play facilities. It is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and assists the Council in securing local and national objectives in respect of sustainable development.

The SPG needs to be refreshed to recognise considerable changes that have occurred since it was adopted.

The Council have undertaken a comprehensive review of the SPG within the framework of relevant policies in the adopted Core Strategy DPD relating to open space, design and amenity, etc. and national policy and legislation changes. The SPG has also been reviewed in light of the increasing costs associated with providing recreational facilities. The review has led to the development of a draft ‘Open Space Provision and Commuted Payments’ Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

Why We Are Consulting

This SPD has been prepared in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 and the National Planning Policy Framework 2018, conforming and responding to all relevant local and national policies and is based on a robust and up-to-date evidence base. SPDs do not contain policies nor do they seek to allocate land but are to be considered alongside policies in the Development Plan Documents, their guidance should therefore be taken into consideration from the earliest stages of the development process of any site, including any purchase negotiations.

We are really keen to get your views about the document and secure your engagement in the process. Before we finalise the document, we welcome your responses to the draft SPD.