The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows local communities to identify green areas of particular local significance for designation as Local Green Spaces. This designation will provide special protection and only allow new development in very special circumstances. Local Green Space can be designated within the emerging Darlington Local Plan or within neighbourhood plans.
As part of the Borough Council’s on-going development of the Darlington Local Plan the Borough Council is inviting local communities to nominate any sites they wish to be considered for designation in the plan. There are no restrictions on the type of green space which can be considered for designation as Local Green Space. Allotments or urban spaces that provide a tranquil oasis could be designated. Land which is partly developed with structures such as sports pavilions, boating lakes or war memorials could also be appropriate. They key characteristic for the designation should be the particular importance to the local community.
More information, including the criteria which the site must meet, can be seen on the Local Green Space Designation page.
Applications must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018. A form which will assist in making a submission is also available on this webpage.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01325 406724.