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Local Place Making - Sport, Recreation and Open Space

So that the Borough remains an attractive place to live, we will draw up policies and undertaking masterplanning to ensure that new development creates good new places, or enhances existing places. Good local places may include a mix of well designed energy efficient housing with strong local community and recreational facilities, shops and services. These walkable neighbourhoods are likely to be designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, enhance the natural environment, cherish local heritage, and have good access to jobs.

Indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facilities, including sports centres, community halls, playing fields and green space for childrens’ play and informal recreation are essential to support healthy lifestyles. Compared to other towns, Darlington has a lot of open space for its population, but it is not all attractive to use, and may not all be easy to reach and accessible.

The existing policy approach (Core Strategy Policy CS18 and the IPPS) aims to safeguard and improve sport and recreation facilities from other forms of development in most circumstances, but with flexibility built in, so that the Council and other providers can adapt to new models of delivery. We would seek an appropriate level of new provision with new development, or ask for developer contributions to improve facilities nearby. We propose to retain this approach, as it is based on recent sport and physical activity strategies. Any refinements will be to reflect more up to date evidence, such as for playing pitch needs, or any changes to national policy.

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Local Place Making - Sport, Recreation and Open Space

I agree, green space most important especially parks.However,they must be maintained if they are retained