Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Commuted Sums for Future Maintenance

11.25 Provisions for future maintenance can be sought towards on-site provision or contributions towards off-site provision, to ensure the continued availability of the open space, equipped play space, youth facilities and playing pitches and changing rooms. Planning Obligations can include maintenance payments towards the provision of facilities that are predominately for the benefit of the users of the associated development.

11.26 The provision of on-site, and contribution towards off site, play and youth facilities, playing pitches and changing facilities, public open space and landscaped areas will require developers to agree the future management of this space with the Council. This will normally be by adoption by the Local Authority, Town or Parish Council or through a management company set up by the developer. The Council will need to be satisfied that any management company is suitably financed. The former will require an initial landscape maintenance plan to be implemented prior to adoption, with a commuted sum paid to the local planning authority to cover maintenance for the 10 years following adoption. The latter will require a formal management plan, including timescale for adoption and maintenance schedule, to be agreed as part of a Section 106 planning obligation.

11.27 To determine commuted sums, in accordance with ‘Assessing Needs and Opportunities: a Companion Guide to PPG17’, the Council calculates the annual cost of maintaining each landscape feature on a proposed site from the Council’s maintenance rates, or the annual cost of maintaining facilities based upon the Council’s known costs of managing similar facilities. From these figures, which are periodically reviewed, the Council then calculates the 10 Year Commuted Sums.

11.28 Other open space facilities include Green Corridors, Public Rights of Way, Civic Spaces, Cemeteries, Private Open Space and Allotments are other aspects of Green Infrastructure, which need to be given full consideration, however there are no standards currently developed for this type of provision.

Policy HW1 Provision of open space and outdoor playing space in new development
 

Where new housing development generates a need for additional open space and outdoor playing space, provision/contributions will be made in accordance with the standards set out in the SSDC PPG17 Assessments of Outdoor Playing Space and Sports, Cultural and Community Facilities, 2010 and Green Spaces Strategy, 2010. The quantitative standards are summarised in the table below.

Housing provision consisting of sheltered housing, rest and nursing homes, special needs housing will be exempt from these standards with the exception of informal recreational open space in accordance with Section HW1.2 in the table below.

Developments of one bedroom dwellings will not be required to provide equipped play provision (HW1.2.1 below) and youth facilities (HW1.2.2) but will be required to provide for other open space and outdoor playing space.

Dependent upon the size and layout of the development, the provision of open space and outdoor playing space may be required on site or may form part of a contribution towards off site provision of either new or improved facilities. In such circumstances off-site provision towards local facilities should be made in a location, which adequately serves the new development and a planning obligation may be used to secure this.

Provision should be made for future maintenance to ensure its continued availability as open space and outdoor playing space.

Green Corridors, Public Rights of Way, Civic Spaces, Cemeteries, Private Open Space and Community Allotments are other aspects of Green Infrastructure, which need to be given full consideration, however there are no standards developed for this type of provision.

Open Space is defined as informal recreational open space, formal parks and gardens, country parks, natural open space and woodlands.

Outdoor Playing Space is defined as playing pitches, equipped play areas and youth facilities.

Section Number

Typology

Sub - Typology

Quantity Standard (ha per 1000 pop.)

HW1.1 
Playing Pitches
 
1.4ha

HW1.2 

Children and Young People's Provision

 

 

HW1.2.1

Children and Young People's Provision
Equipped Playing Provision

0.2ha

HW1.2.2

Children and Young People's Provision

Youth Facilities

0.05ha

HW1.3

Informal Recreational Open Space

 

0.55ha*

HW1.4 
Parks and Public Gardens
 
 

HW1.4.1 

Parks and Public Gardens

Formal Parks and Public Gardens

0.19ha

HW1.4.2
Parks and Public Gardens
Country Parks
1.32ha
HW1.5 
Natural Open Space
 
0.25ha
HW1.6 
Woodland
 
0.024ha

* currently 0.5 ha in saved Local Plan policy CR2. New standard equivalent to Fields in Trust standard for informal playing space for children
 
Policy HW2 Provision of Sports, Cultural and Community Facilities in new development
 

Where new housing development generates a need for additional local and strategic sports, cultural and community facilities, provision/contributions will be made in accordance with the standards set out in the SSDC PPG17 Assessments of Sports, Cultural and Community Facilities, 2010. The quantitative standards are summarised in the table below.

Housing provision consisting of sheltered housing, rest and nursing homes, special needs housing will be exempt from policy HW2.

Developments of one bedroom dwellings will normally be required to provide for sports and recreational facilities in accordance with policy HW2.

Dependent upon the size and layout of the development, the provision of sports, cultural and community facilities may be required on site or may form part of a contribution towards off site provision of either new or improved facilities. In such circumstances off-site provision towards local facilities should be made in a location, which adequately serves the new development and a planning obligation may be used to secure this.

Provision should be made for future maintenance of changing rooms to ensure its continued availability to support outdoor playing space.

Section Number
Type of Provision
Quantity Standard (m2 per 1000 population)
 
Local Facilities
 
HW2.1
Changing Room Provision
347.2
HW2.2
Community Halls/
Village Halls

Rural Parishes 353

Yeovil, Market Towns and Rural Centres 119 

 
Strategic Facilities
 
HW2.3
Sports Hall
46.88
HW2.4
Swimming Pool
10.86
HW2.5
Indoor Tennis
23.72
HW2.6
Synthetic Turf Pitch (STP)
255.5
HW2.7
Theatres and Arts Centres
45