To consider a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding NL0064:- Application for registration of land at Scaws Drive Field, Penrith as a new town or village green. An application had been received from Mrs Belinda Fox, Mrs Catherine Fenton and Mr Christopher Castle to register an area of land at Scaws Drive, Penrith as a new town or village green. The application was made under section 15(2) of the Commons Act 2006.
The Commons Officer introduced the report, showing a map of Penrith and the location of the site and photographs of the land at Scaws Drive. He presented the legal criteria and legislation that the recommendation was based on. He recommended that the application be accepted by the Committee.
Mrs Fox, the applicant made the following statement:
You will have before you much documentation pertaining to our application leading up to our last representation to the Commons Registration in November 2017, so I will not repeat this information.
My hope today is to bring the Committee fully up to date with important developments that have and are being put in place since then.
At the beginning of this year Penrith Town Council undertook a consultation of the residents of Eden based on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan. The summary of responses will be utilised to form part of Eden’s Development Plan and will be used by the District Council and Town Council to help determine planning applications. Within this, Scaws Drive Field was again suggested to be identified as ‘Protected Green Space’ due to being important to both wellbeing and the local community and to be protected from inappropriate development. Other areas on the list include churchyards, allotments, nature reserves, cemetery and woods meaning that Scaws Drive Field is one of the few that is and can continue to be used for unprescribed recreational outdoor use such as dog exercising, ball games and picnics. It has long been used by the local community in this way and the strength of opinion to keeping this field protected in perpetuity was recognised during the consultation.
I have been informed from the Town Council Administrator that Eden District Council have not objected to the inclusion of Scaws Drive Field into the Draft Neighbourhood Plan therefore it remains in the Plan and will hopefully be ratified in 2020. Under Eden District Council's recently adopted Local Plan, its principal planning document, the field is designated as Public Open Space and is protected from development under policy COM2, Protection of Open Space, Sport, Leisure and Recreation Facilities.
However as this is definitely not a certainty, as local residents we are keen to continue with this application for Town Green status to afford this valuable space the protection it deserves for the wide community that loves to use it on a daily basis. As there are large swathes of housing development continuing to be built all around Penrith, protecting this valuable recreation space has become even more relevant as it ... view the full minutes text for item 24