Open space and other opportunities for sport and recreation are a vital part of Scotland's urban and rural communities. Existing open space resources should be protected and the future needs of all communities planned for within new development. The planning system should help to safeguard and create new open spaces and places where people can take part in sport and recreation.
Further details on particular aspects of open space policy are available on these links
Scottish Planning Policy sets out the current policy on open space and physical activity.
The policy aims to:
- Encourage local authorities to undertake an open space audit, and use this information to prepare an open space strategy setting out the vision for new and improved open space and that the audit and strategy should feed into the development plan
- Set out specific requirements in the development plan for the provision of open space as part of new development
- Create new open spaces that are fit for purpose, maintained and sustainable over the long term
- Identify opportunities to create and enhance networks between open spaces and avoid fragmentation.
PAN 65 Planning and Open Space (Revised 2008) - provides information on the role of the planning system in protecting and enhancing open spaces and on open space audits and strategies.
Land Maintenance Consultation - Consultation discussing options for the maintenance of open spaces on private housing estates. The consultation has now closed and responses are now being considered. If you have any queries please contact Sandra Jack (Email: Sandra.Jack@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or tel: 0131 244 2025).
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