Information about what open space is, is it owned by the council, how much open space is there, why is it measured, what was the outcome of the review, where to find more information and how much open space is provided with new housing.
Open space can be a park, an allotment, an area of natural beauty, a nature reserve, an area of open land near housing or the roadside, a cemetery, a playing pitch or even a rail trail or a children’s play area.
No, open space can belong to the council, a private organisation or an individual. The only condition is that the land must be open for use by the community.
We identified 2142 individual open spaces that measured 2839 hectares, or an area the size of 2,028 Premier League football pitches.
The government’s policy objectives for open space were set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Our main objective was to undertake a full assessment of local need and to measure all open space within the East Riding:
National Planning Policy Framework (external website)
Our long term goal is to deliver networks of accessible high-quality open spaces for sport and recreation. In undertaking the review we were able to set new minimum standards for open space provision to meet the needs of all residents of the East Riding. The new standards will assist planners and developers in providing the right open space in the right location.
There are four documents that provide information on open space in the East Riding of Yorkshire:
Open Space Review (pdf 11mb)
Playing Pitch Strategy 2019-24 (pdf 9.59mb)
Playing Pitch Strategy 2019-24 Stage C: Assessment Report (pdf 12mb)
Area Supply Reports 2020 (pdf 1.6mb)
The amount of open space (outdoor playing space) which should be provided as part of new housing developments is set out in the Supplementary Planning Documents and varies between different locations across the East Riding.
Should open space from new development be adopted by the Council, the developer should notify us when the site is ready for inspection using the LT 1 pro-forma. Two hard copies of this pro-forma and any additional information should be sent to the Environmental Services team using the address on the pro-forma:
LT 1 pro-forma (docx 62kb)
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