We are sharing the following Important Open Spaces Assessment with you in draft so that you can add your comments.
Responses to the Neighbourhood Plan household survey identified the importance of open spaces within the built up areas of the parish. There are only a limited number of sites and they are important for a number of sometimes overlapping reasons which are outlined below.
Open spaces of historic importance
The relationship of buildings and open spaces within Conservation Areas is important in creating their special character and in some cases in contributing to the setting of listed buildings.
Open spaces contributing to the character of an area
Open spaces can play an important role in creating the distinctive character of an area which is not designated as a heritage asset.
Open spaces of local visual and/or amenity value
A number of open spaces within the built up area have an important visual and/or amenity value.
A distinction has been made between open spaces within settlements and those located outside. Open space outside settlements is defined as part of the countryside where priority is already given to preservation and enhancement. These public open spaces outside settlements are also important to leisure and well-being in the parish and are consequently to be protected in the Neighbourhood Plan. Thus, the focus of the Important Open Spaces Assessment are those open spaces within the built up areas which contribute to local character and amenity.
A number of open spaces were identified as important to the parish during the course of public consultation at meetings held in community halls at Boughton Lees, Sandyacres and Goat Lees and in the Neighbourhood Plan household survey held in 2016. The relevant extract from the survey is at Annex B.
The Steering Group undertook field surveys to assess the open spaces put forward. Only open spaces within settlements were appraised.
Criteria for defining an important open space
All the Open Spaces to be public spaces, i.e. either a public open space or space to which the public has unfettered access such as a churchyard. Private spaces to which the public have no access or access under licence are to be excluded. Spaces to be located within settlements rather than being open countryside.
Spaces which meet these initial criteria were recorded and mapped and then categorised in one or the more of the following categories:
a) Important to the character of the Conservation Area
b) Important to the setting of a listed building
c) Important to a Character Area
d) Important as a local visual amenity
e) Important as a local recreational amenity
f) Important to local residents (survey and consultation evidence)
Important Open Spaces Assessment
The table below summarises all open spaces classified as Important Open Spaces and the reasons they have been designated using the categories listed in the methodology, e.g. a) important to the character of the Conservation Area.
The appendices map the location of the important Open Spaces.*
Open Space Description
|1||The Village Green, Boughton Lees||a,b,c,d,e,f|
|2||All Saints Churchyard, Church Lane, Boughton Aluph||b,d,e,f|
|4||St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Eastwell||b,d,e,f|
|5||Green space in front of Eastwell Towers and adjoining flint wall, A251 Faversham Road||b,d,f|
|6||Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane||c,d,e,f|
|7||Children’s Play Area, Hurst Road, Goat Lees||e,f|
|8||Playing Field, Guernsey Way, Goat Lees||d,e,f|
|9||Green space at junction of A251 Trinity Road, Jersey Close and Friesian Way, Goat Lees||d,e,f|
|10||The land surrounding the lake at Eureka Park, Goat Lees||d,e,f|
|11||The southern approach to Goat Lees, Trinity Road, Goat Lees||d,f|
* We have commissioned a set of maps to accompany the Important Open Spaces Assessment. These will be available here shortly. Temporary maps and photographs can be viewed in the following PDF document.
Let us know your views
Tell us what you think. If we have missed an important open space or we have got something wrong, please let us know. Add a comment in the box below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our aim is to create a strong evidence base to underpin the final Neighbourhood Plan document.