FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

08 July 2021

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 on behalf of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

At CPRE, we are currently conducting research into the use of the Local Green Space designation. We plan to publish this research within the coming 12 months in accordance with our charitable objects to promote, protect and enhance the English countryside. As part of this research, we are gathering information on the location and size of local green spaces (LGS) designated across England. LGS are defined in policies set out in paragraphs 99 to 101 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We are aware that LGS can be designated at either the local or neighbourhood plan level.

We would be grateful if you could supply, in electronic format, information on:

  1. the number, name (where known), location and size of areas designated as ‘Local Green Space’ (in accordance with the definition set by the NPPF) within current (adopted or made) development plan documents within your local authority area.
  2. which development plan document (adopted local plan or made neighbourhood plan) each local green space is defined in, and the year the plan was adopted or made.
  3. the reasons for their designation. The NPPF gives guidance on justifying a local green space designation due to beauty, historical significance, recreational value, tranquillity or richness of wildlife. We would like to know whether the local green space falls into one or more of these categories.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request and that all data be sent via email. Where possible we would want information requested under point (1) to be supplied in a file type capable of being read and analysed in a geographical information system (GIS). For points (2) and (3) we would request that the information is supplied in Excel format. 



East Herts Council Response

03 August 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Number 1 and 2: Local Green Spaces in East Herts are allocated in one of two documents - the East Herts District Plan, or an adopted Neighbourhood Plan.

For Green Spaces allocated in the District Plan through Policy CFLR2. there are two general LGS: The Bishop"s Stortford Green Wedges and the Hertford Green Fingers, both are described on pages 75, 107 and 253 of the District Plan found here: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/east-herts-district-plan-2018 

The location and size of the LGSs in the District Plan can be found and measured using the online maps: http://maps.eastherts.gov.uk/eGGP2009/eGGP.aspx?scriptname=DISTRICTPLAN2018&scale=6000 

We do not hold electronic data on the name, or size of Local Green Spaces set out in Neighbourhood Plans, however we do have all adopted NPs (along with their adoption date) available on our website here: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning-activity-east-herts 

Number 3: The justification for the inclusion of LGS in the District Plan is referred to a number of times in the supporting evidence submitted as part of the examination found here: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/east-herts-district-plan/evidence-base 

The allocation of these areas dates back to previous Local Plans and Reviews however.

The NP website provided above, also allows the researcher to access background documents which should provide the expected evidence and context behind NP LGS.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

For re-use of information and conditions on the use of personal data  please see

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/about-east-herts-0/information-requests/re-use-council-information

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.