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Local Green Space status considered for Broadhurst Grove and Saxon Way

Areas of communal space at Broadhurst Grove and Saxon Way, in Basingstoke, are to be considered for Local Green Space designation, as part of the council’s Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan update.

Both locations are privately owned public open space which are already protected from redevelopment by the green infrastructure policy contained in the adopted Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is in the early stages of updating its local plan and is considering the introduction of a Local Green Space policy which would enable communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them.

The local plan is the key document that guides how planning applications are determined, including setting out how the environment of the borough will be protected and enhanced and where different kinds of development will be allowed or not allowed. Extensive work to update it in the coming months will include public consultation.

The open spaces in Broadhurst Grove and Saxon Way were put forward for protection through the council’s Issues and Options consultation as the first step in updating the local plan, held in autumn 2020, by Old Basing and Lychpit Parish Council. If designated, they would be afforded a high level of protection in the planning system, consistent with green belts.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Simon Bound said: “I am pleased to report that both Broadhurst Grove and Saxon Way have been put forward for consideration as Local Green Spaces as part of the Local Plan Update. I hope that this will bring some reassurance to the residents who have enjoyed using the space for a number of years.

“The Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell and I remain hopeful that both locations will satisfy the necessary criteria.”

The council has begun assessing all of the land promoted for Local Green Space designation against national policy and principles. The result of these assessments will be published as part of the draft Local Plan Update consultation, which is due to take place in early 2022.

This consultation will provide an opportunity for all relevant landowners to make representations about proposed designations. The Local Plan Update is due for adoption in 2024

Fiona Walters