Introduction

The Neighbourhood Plan

Woodstock Town Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Plans are an opportunity for local communities to help shape future change in an area, related to development and land use.

In Woodstock new development will come forward in the future and the Local Plan identifies sites where new homes will be built.
 
The Town Council believes that, with this new development, it is essential to protect important green spaces in the area for the benefit of current and future residents, providing opportunities for sport and recreation, as well as places for wildlife.

What are Local Green Spaces?

National Planning Policy enables communities to designate ‘Local Green Spaces’ in Neighbourhood Plans. These designations provide additional protection to that green space, restricting development from taking place on that space. The designation is similar to Green Belt policy.

For green spaces to be designated national policy states that they should be:

‘demonstrably special to a local community and hold a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife’

National policy also states that a site should only be designated as a local green space if it:

1. Is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves.
2. Is considered demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance.
3. Is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.
4. Does not already have planning permission for development.

What are we asking?

The Town Council has identified thirteen possible local green spaces for designation within Woodstock. We would like your feedback on these sites, if you think they meet the criteria for designation, and why. We would also like to know if there are any other spaces that meet the criteria for designation.
 
What green spaces are we asking about?

The green spaces identified include the following (use the maps below to view their location and extent) :

1. The Oxfordshire Museum
2. The Memorial Garden, Hensington Road
3. Marlborough School Playing Fields, Shipton Road
4. Woodstock Bowls and Tennis Club, Cadogan park
5. Woodstock Playground, New Road
6. Recreation Ground, New Road
7. Owl Nature Reserve
8. Green Lane Cemetery
9. Green Lane Allotments
10. The Watermeadows
11. Old Woodstock Play Area, Rosamund Drive
12. Community Orchard and Woodland, Manor Road
13. Hensington Road Cemetery

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Identified Potential Local Green Spaces (All sites)

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Identified Potential Local Green Spaces (Individual Sites)

Identified Potential Local Green Spaces (Individual Sites)
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