Planning & development

Shape the place where you live, protect valued open spaces and decide what type of development, if any, is needed.

 

Are you worried about a planning application or the potential for development on an open space local to you?

Did you know that you can shape the place where you live, protect valued open spaces using the Local Green Space Designation and decide what type of development, if any, is needed?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities in England the opportunity and power to set local planning policies. Once approved, a neighbourhood plan has real weight in the planning system, empowering the inhabitants.

Over one thousand communities are currently involved in neighbourhood planning and 50 plans have been made following referendums. For further details of case studies and neighbourhood plans click here

One of the best ways to protect your local open spaces is to join the Open Spaces Society. As a member, you can count on the support of our expert team based at our head office in Henley-on-Thames.

Depending on where you live, you may also have a local Open Spaces Society correspondent (our name for volunteer) who may be able to help you.

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Protect your space from unwanted development, join us today.

News about Planning & development

Extend deadlines to rescue common land and village greens

We have urged the government to extend deadlines to enable the public to safeguard common land and town and village greens. This would be in line with the extension of deadlines to allow development to proceed, under the Business and Planning Bill 2019-21. The society has written to the environment minister, Lord Gardiner. We are…
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Threat withdrawn to ancient road in South Downs National Park

We are delighted that Mr Hugh Sandie of Pegs and Pitches Camping has withdrawn his planning application for a campsite and buildings near Coldwaltham, West Sussex, in the South Downs National Park. The society objected to the development arguing that it conflicted with the purposes of the national park and would have an adverse impact…
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Vocal for local

Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook considers life for the Open Spaces Society during lockdown. As lockdown began, I foolishly thought we would have time to catch up with all those long-deferred jobs.  I was wrong: we have been busier than ever. Developers are not deterred by a pandemic: open spaces remain at risk, perhaps more…
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People on foot lose out to cars in M42 road scheme

We are deeply disappointed that the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Grant Shapps, has ignored the needs of pedestrians and approved a major scheme for the improvement of Junction 6 of the M42 in the West Midlands. The society is concerned that the development will sever principal routes running east-west and to Birmingham International…
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