Open Space, Sport and Recreation Supplementary Planning Document (adopted May 2020)

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Open space, sport and leisure facilities are key infrastructure that must be provided to support new development in East Herts. Developer contributions will be sought to provide and fund new or enhanced provision. The SPD provides guidance on the type and scale of open space, sport and recreation that will be required.  

The Council adopted the SPD at the Council meeting on 13 May 2020.

The adopted Open Space, Sport and Recreation SPD is supported by the following documents:

The principles and standards identified in the SPD are based on the Open Space and Sports Facilities Assessment Techincal Study (2017) that informed the District Plan. This study includes a Built Facility Strategy, a Playing Pitch Strategy and an Open Spaces Assessment. Action plans in the Built Facilities and Playing Pitch Strategies identify potential projects that require funding.

Contribution Calculators

To assist in the calculation of standard charges for residential development, the Council has produced built facility and open space contribution calculators. These calculators to not form part of the statutory SPD but are a useful tool for calculating demand for open spaces and built sports facilities based on the standards set out in the SPD.