An open space strategy setsout how a local authoritywill invest in and managethe open space in its area.
The strategy should apply toall the open space – not justthat owned or managed by theauthority – and cover parks, openspace, town squares, streets,play space and housing land. Itprovides the evidence, sets thedirection and helps secure undsor investment in open space.The quality o public space givesa strong impression o an area.It is part o what gives a town orcity its identity and it gives localresidents a sense o civic pride– or shame i it is poor quality.Investing in public space is along-term investment in your townand city’s sustainable uture –creating a thriving place wherepeople want to live, visit andwork. Research
has shown thatbetter quality street design andproximity to well-designed andmanaged parks and green spacesresults in higher property valuesand has a positive inuenceon business perormanceand investor confdence.
What can an open spacestrategy deliver?
The Value of openspace
; CABE (2007)
Paved with gold – the real value of street design
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