Draft Open Space Strategy 2024-2040

Gorrell Valley Nature Reserve

Consultation on the draft Open Space Strategy 2024-2040 is underway and comments are welcome.

Open spaces provide a number of benefits, including:

  • health
  • wellbeing
  • cultural heritage
  • landscape
  • education
  • climate change mitigation
  • biodiversity
  • movement for people and wildlife

Open spaces can be divided into nine different types as follows:

1. Parks and gardens

Urban parks and formal gardens, open to the general public. Accessible, high-quality opportunities for informal recreation and community events.

2. Natural and semi-natural greenspaces

Supports wildlife conservation, biodiversity and environmental education and awareness.

3. Amenity greenspace

Opportunities for informal activities close to home or work or enhancement of the appearance of residential or other areas.

4. Provision for children and young people

Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children and young people.

5. Allotments

Opportunities to grow your own produce. Added benefits include the long term promotion of sustainable living, health and social inclusion.

6. Cemeteries, churchyards and other burial grounds

Provides burial space but is considered to provide a place of quiet contemplation and is often linked to the promotion of wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

7. Civic space

Provides a setting for civic buildings, public gatherings and community events.

8. Green corridors

Routes providing walking, cycling or horse riding, whether for leisure purposes or travel. May also offer opportunities for wildlife mitigation.

9. Outdoor sports

Publicly-accessible grassed areas marked for sports pitches.

The aim of the strategy is to inform  our approach to the delivery  of accessible, high-quality and sustainable open spaces across the district. 

It includes aims and objectives to inform our priorities and actions to help meet current and future open space needs.

You said, we did

We consulted on an earlier version of this strategy in 2022 and received numerous comments asking us to strengthen the document.

These included the need to make greater reference and delivery of biodiversity with open spaces, the need for a detailed action plan and also the need to give more consideration to future maintenance of new open spaces. 

We have taken these points on board and you will see more reference to biodiversity, the suite of actions and also a section on stewardship (Appendix 4 of the Open Space Strategy). You can read:

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these and other open space matters.

Have your say

Give us your views by completing our questionnaire by 5pm on Monday 3 June 2024.

If you need a paper copy of the survey, or if you have a need or disability that means you need the document (or aspects of it) in a different format, please contact Victoria Asimaki, Principal Policy Officer (Engagement) at consultations@canterbury.gov.uk.

If you would like to see what questions you will be asked before you start filling in the survey, you can see a list of the questions.

Please note: only one submission per person will be accepted for this consultation. Any subsequent submissions will be deleted.

What happens next?

All the feedback we receive will be reported to councillors later in the year. They will then decide on how best to respond to the feedback before the strategy can be adopted. 

Published: 12 March 2024

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