Evidence base: Open space

The reports and technical papers on this page form part of the evidence base to the Council’s Local Plan .

Open Space, Sport and Recreation Strategy and Action Plan

This was made by the Council in 2015. It summarises work carried out through 2013-15. It updates the Council’s open space database and builds on the findings of the 2006 study. This update covers a review of Amenity open space in Calderdale and provides the Council with evidence that can be used:

  • in the development of policy, including at future examinations into policy documents;
  • to inform the Land allocations and designations process;
  • in determining planning applications;
  • in planning appeals;
  • as initial data to inform future open space strategies;
  • to provide further analysis of the Open space, sport and recreation study in the light of emerging practice.

The key principles of the Open space update are to protect, provide and enhance a variety of well designed, high quality, accessible open spaces. These are to be well maintained, safe and improve the quality of life for Calderdale's residents and visitors.

Environmental Map

This shows Calderdale's Open Space, Sport and Recreation Strategy, see: Environmental map .

Playing Pitch Strategy

The Playing Pitch Strategy provides guidance and support in order to understand and assess the need for playing pitches in Calderdale. It provides a strategic framework for the maintenance and improvement of existing outdoor sports pitches. This includes ancillary facilities between 2017 and 2022, covering the following playing pitches and outdoor sports:

  • football;
  • cricket;
  • rugby union;
  • rugby league;
  • hockey;
  • tennis;
  • and bowls.

Note: The above includes 'Third Generation - artificial turf (3G)' and 'Artificial Grass Pitches' (AGPs).

For more about this, please read:

Built Facilities Strategy

This report was completed in 2017 and looks at Calderdale's indoor sports facilities for the period 2017 to 2027.

The focus of the Strategy is to provide clear direction to all partners so that together they can plan and develop a more flexible, efficient and sustainable range of community based sport and leisure facilities that Calderdale requires. This will give residents the opportunity to be physically active and healthier. Also, where appropriate, develop their sporting ambitions within their local community.

For more about this, please read: PDFBuilt Facilities Strategy [PDF 641KB] .

Local Green Space

This report explains the designation of Local green spaces in the Calderdale Local plan. It sets out the national and local background and explains the methodology used by the Council.

In the results section of the report is a full list of Local green spaces proposed for designation. There are also the reasons for inclusion, or non-inclusion, in the Local plan.

For more about this, please read: PDFLocal green space report [PDF 3237KB] .

Open Space and Local Green Space

This gives the context for the designation and protection of valuable and important open spaces and local green spaces.

For more about this, please read: PDFOpen Space and Local Green Space technical paper [PDF 234KB] .

See also