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

Our general secretary wins bronze award

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, has won bronze in The Great Outdoors magazine’s Campaigner of the Year Award, following a vote from members of the public. Described by one voter as ‘inspirational in her constant drive to keep footpaths open’, Kate came third to environmental campaigners Greta Thunberg and Chris Packham. Says Kate: ‘I am…
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Farndon Fields public bridleway blocked

We deplore Leicestershire County Council’s failure to protect public bridleway near Market Harborough

We are deeply concerned about the failure of Leicestershire County Council to protect public bridleway A105, at Farndon Fields to the west of Market Harborough, from development. The society has been supporting its local member Peter Pollak in his effort to get the route reopened. Harborough District Council, gave planning consent to Avant Homes to…
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Supreme Court overrides rights of local communities on village greens

We have expressed deep sympathy for our members, Janine Bebbington and the Moorside Fields Community Group in Lancaster, following the Supreme Court judgment(1) on 11 December rejecting the registration of the fields as a village green.  See our summary of the judgment here. This will have a huge impact on the ability of local communities…
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Missed opportunity to protect open spaces in Wales

We have responded to the Welsh government’s consultation on its National Development Framework (NDF) and raised concerns about the impact on the landscape and tourism, and the missed opportunities for protecting open space. The NDF is a new development plan which will set the direction for development in Wales from 2020 to 2040.  It contains…
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