Gedling Borough Council recently issued an addendum to their Local Green Space Assessment document which covers Haywood Road Bowling Green. Click here to download it. The site currently has ‘Protected Open Space’ status, however unfortunately this means that it can still be sold by the Council for housing development.
Because of this, an application was recently made to give the site ‘Local Green Space’ protection and the criteria for this are:
- where the green space is in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
- where the green area is demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty,historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field),tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
- where the green area concerned is local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.
Gedling Borough Council have concluded that the Bowling Green on Haywood Road does not meet these criteria and as such should not be given ‘Local Green Space’ designation. This means that Gedling Borough Council are free to sell the land to a developer without restriction, having made a decision on whether to restrict themselves or not.
We think the site is very important to the community and it has historical significance in the context of the history of the Porchester Garden Allotments. Additionally as the last area of public green space in Porchester Gardens it has beauty, recreational value, tranquility and a richness of wildlife. We can’t understand why this land has not been designated as Local Green Space.
Do you agree with this decision? If not please contact Gedling Borough Council and let them know. Click here to download the addendum issued by Gedling Borough Council.