LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Local Green Space

4.27  The Local Green Space (LGS) designation was introduced by the NPPF, as a way for communities to identify green areas of particular importance to them, and rule out development within them other than in very special circumstances. Policy LRC1 of Local Plan Part 1 sets out protection for all open spaces. However, designation as Local Green Space provides an opportunity to provide a higher level of protection to areas of particular importance to the local community.

4.28  The NPPF sets out that designation will not be appropriate for most green areas and a site should only be designated where:

  • It is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
  • It is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife
  • It is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

4.29  Local Green Spaces can be designated for a variety of reasons, and will often be sites that make an important contribution to wider environmental objectives such as promoting healthier lifestyles and protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

4.30  Local Green Space can be designated by Local or Neighbourhood Plans, and should be capable of enduring for the long term.

4.31  A large number of sites were submitted to the Council for assessment during the preparation of Local Plan Part 2 of which 18 are considered to meet the criteria for designation set out in the NPPF, as set out in table 3 below. Maps of these sites are included in Appendix III.

Table 3: Local Green Spaces in Waverley

Site ID

Site Name

Town / Parish

LGS01

Abbotts Cottage Play Area

Dockenfield

LGS02

Town Meadow

Haslemere

LGS03

Haslemere War Memorial Recreation Ground

Haslemere

LGS04

High Lane Recreation Ground

Haslemere

LGS05

Beacon Hill Recreation Ground

Haslemere

LGS06

Grovers Gardens

Haslemere

LGS07

Woodcock Green

Haslemere

LGS08

Badshot Lea Pond

Farnham

LGS09

Battings Garden of Rest

Farnham

LGS10

Bourne Crossroads

Farnham

LGS11

Middle Bourne Lane Community Wildlife Garden

Farnham

LGS12

Paradise Woods

Farnham

LGS13

Sheephouse

Farnham

LGS14

Hale Recreation Ground

Farnham

LGS15

Heath End Recreation Ground

Farnham

LGS16

The Green, Badshot Lea

Farnham

LGS17

Morley Road Recreation Ground

Farnham

LGS18

The Bourne Recreation Ground

Farnham