New open space rules

WITH at least 11,200 new homes coming to Huntingdonshire, planners have set out requirements for sport and recreation space for the new residents. The district council notes that all market towns, except Ramsey and Yaxley, are currently well-provided with

WITH at least 11,200 new homes coming to Huntingdonshire, planners have set out requirements for sport and recreation space for the new residents.

The district council notes that all market towns, except Ramsey and Yaxley, are currently well-provided with recreation areas, but has agreed that new homes should have 1.8 hectares of open space per 1,000 population within 10 or 15 minutes' walk of their homes.

There should be an average of 0.8 hectares of play or games areas per 400 children and young people, and 1.6 hectares of outdoor sports facilities per 1,000 people, half of which should be playing fields for sports such as football, cricket, rugby and hockey, within 15 minutes' walk, and the other half synthetic pitches, courts and greens within 15 minutes' driving time.

Gardeners are also included, with a requirement for 0.32 hectares of allotment space per 1,000 population within 15 minutes' walk.