Last edited 27 Feb 2020

Open space definition

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) defines open space as:

'All open space of public value, including not just land, but also areas of water (such as rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs) which offer important opportunities for sport and recreation and can act as a visual amenity.'

The SuDS Manual, CIRIA C753, published in 2015 defines 'public open space' (POS) as:

'...any land laid out as public garden or used for the purposes of public recreation. This means space that has unimpeded public access and that is of a suitable size and nature for sport, active or passive recreation or children and teenagers' play. Private or shared amenity areas, for example in a development of flats or buffer landscape areas are not included as public open space.'

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