Town and parish council information
We aim to work with parish and town councils to deliver community benefits and improvements from public open space contributions. We look to match the where we spend the public open space contribution to the parish, ward or catchment area the development is in.
The wording of the Section 106 agreement details how we can spend the contributions. However, we encourage involvement to identify projects for the spending of public open space contributions where we can from:
- parish councils
- town councils
- local council ward members
Using public open space contributions
We use our Open Spaces Action Plan to help identify areas of public open space needing:
- new development
Where we do not own the area we want to improve or enhance, we will make with the parish or town council about funding after we have approved the project.
Categories of public open space
You can read our supplementary planning document for full definitions of the categories.
Outdoor sports provision
This includes provision for:
- playing pitches
- greens and courts
- ancillary facilities including car parking
- changing facilities
Parks and gardens
- play and recreation areas
- kick-about areas
- landscaped parks and gardens
- planted areas
- footpaths and cycleways
- seating and furniture
This includes small landscaped areas in and around housing development that:
- contribute to the public realm
- the setting of the development
Provision for children and young people
- a range of play provision
- litter bins
- cycle racks
This includes land in or around a development that gives local people the opportunity to grow their own produce.
Adding to or updating our Open Spaces Action Plan
We update our Open Spaces Action Plan annually.
We will contact you each November or December asking you for any information you want to include.
Public Open Space Contributions from Unilateral Undertakings
You can contact our Section 106 officer to ask for the current level of funding we hold for a particular parish, town or ward.