Local Green Space Designation:
The NPPF CRITERIA
The following is an extract from the National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012
76. Local communities through local and neighbourhood plans should be able to
identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them.
By designating land as Local Green Space local communities will be able to
rule out new development other than in very special circumstances.
Identifying land as Local Green Space should therefore be consistent with the
local planning of sustainable development and complement investment in
sufficient homes, jobs and other essential services. Local Green Spaces should
only be designated when a plan is prepared or reviewed, and be capable of
enduring beyond the end of the plan period.
77. The Local Green Space designation will not be appropriate for most green
areas or open space. The designation should only be used:
Where the green space is in reasonably close proximity to the community it
Where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and
holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty,
historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field),
tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
Where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an
extensive tract of land.