Green Open Spaces


Criteria for Local Green Space Designation

The Steering Group have assessed the local green spaces in the Parish and identified 10 spaces which may be suitable for designation as an open green space.

The pieces of land are:
1. West Tolgus Fields
2. Land next to Lidl, Agar Road
3. Carn Brea Village Hall Field
4. Land behind Crofty Close
5. Four Lanes Playing Field
6. Tregajorran 1 at the centre of the village
7. Tregajorran 2 near listed chimney stack
8. Land at Stamps Lane
9. East Pool Park
10. Carn Brea Village green

You can view the pieces of land and more information about them in the document Land being considered for designation as an open green space.
If you know any landowners connected with these areas, please encourage them to get in touch with us – we want their views!

What does this mean?

Local Green Space Designation in The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) gives communities the right to designate areas that are of particular importance to them as Local Green Spaces and give them protection through their Neighbourhood Plan.
Once designated, this means that development would be highly unlikely to be permitted on that site.
The criteria for designating an area as a Local Green Space are that it is:

  • in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
  • 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
  • richness of its wildlife
  • local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

The NPPF does not define what qualifies as ‘close proximity’ or ‘extensive tract of land’. However, using Natural England’s Accessible Greenspace Standards as a helpful guide, it is suggested that ‘close proximity’ be defined as within 2km (1.25 miles) and an ‘extensive tract of land’ be defined as over 20 hectares (50 acres).
Given the diverse nature of the 213 Parishes in Cornwall, it is acknowledged that this needs to be a guideline rather than a hard and fast rule.
In addition to these criteria, Planning Practice Guidance states that: “Local Green Space designation will rarely be appropriate where the land has planning permission for development. Exceptions could be where the development would be compatible with the reasons for designation or where planning permission is no longer capable of being implemented”.