Site Allocations Plan - Main Modifications Consultation

Document Section Site Allocations Plan - Main Modifications Consultation MM79 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1019201//3
Respondent Wrington Parish Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 30 Oct 2017

Policy SA8 – Community Use Allocations

We have commented previously that we were pleased to see that designation of land to the south (and east) of Rickyard Rd had been carried over as strategic open space for community use. We had emphasised our support for this designation.

We now find it suggested under MM79 and AM107, and what is described as;

‘Strategic Open Space - South of Rickyard Road, Wrington’, to ‘Delete the strategic open space allocation’ with this justified as the ‘Land is privately owned and proposal not funded or in any programme’.

It seems to us irresponsible that NSC should propose this change when there has been no local consultation on the matter and we suggest that NSC was not in any position to reach this conclusion. The Council has certainly not been asked to comment on any plans for the future or on any programme.

Of course the land is privately owned, as most land is, although the landowner was in agreement with the original designation. There are two pieces of land concerned, these separated by a track connecting Silver Street to Rydings Farm. An all weather bowling green was constructed on part of the land to the south of the track. This is now a well used and very successful community facility.

Possibilities considered for future use are a multi-use games area on land between the track and the Recreation Field, and an all weather football pitch on the land to the north of the track. This community use designation is accepted, well known locally and provides a basis for longer term planning, and should certainly not be deleted. We would urge NSC to reconsider this since, if not, the land might then not be available when it is needed for a future community use development.