Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure


Policy MG1: Local Green Space


A.        Development on sites designated as Local Green Spaces on the Key Diagram and shown at Figure 6.1 will not be permitted unless it is considered appropriate to its function as a special area of green space within the NPA or there are very special circumstances that demonstrate that the harm to the Local Green Space is clearly outweighed by other considerations.


Development considered appropriate on a Local Green Space could include:


1.         Provision of appropriate facilities for outdoor sport, outdoor recreation and for cemeteries providing it preserves the function and value of the Local Green Space


2.         The extension or alteration of an existing building providing it does not result in disproportionate additions over and above the size of the original building and does not have an unacceptable adverse impact on the function and value of the Local Green Space; and


3.         The replacement of a building provided the new building is in the same use, not materially larger than the one it replaces and does not have an unacceptable adverse impact on the function and value of the Local Green Space.


B.        Proposals at the North East Malvern and Malvern Technology Centre (QinetiQ) site allocations should include the provision of greenspace of a size, type, design and quality that it will be designated as a Local Green Space.




Policy MG2: Neighbourhood Open Space


Proposals for development on Neighbourhood Open Space sites as identified on the Key Diagram and shown at Figure 6.2 will be supported provided the following criteria, where relevant, are met:


1.         It can be demonstrated by the applicant, through an objective assessment, there is a surplus of green space provision in the area;


2.         The recreational function of the site is retained on-site or provided off-site and is of an equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality and is in an equivalent or better location relative to the existing site;


3.         Improvements are made to the visual appearance and/or landscape value of any retained Neighbourhood Open Space or at a nearby Neighbourhood Open Space site that provides an overall benefit to the character of the local area; and


4.         It retains physical links with other Neighbourhood Open Space sites, Local Green Space sites or the wider countryside.


Policy MG3: Key Views and Vistas


Development proposals should respect the Significant Views identified on the Key Diagram and in Figure 6.3.




Where a development proposal impacts on an identified ‘Significant View’ a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment or similar study should be carried out to ensure that the landscape is not compromised.




Policy MG4: Woodland, Trees and Hedgerows


Developments which involve the loss of woodlands, trees of local significance or significant lengths of mature and biodiversity rich hedgerows will not be allowed unless adequate compensatory measures are put in place which will result in a net gain to the overall quality of the environment.




Adequate tree survey information must be provided to assess the value of the existing trees and hedgerows and the impact of the proposals on them.  Trees and hedgerows not to be retained as a result of the development are to be replaced on a like-for-like basis.  Additional new trees and hedgerows will be planted on the site as part of a wider planting scheme to help reflect and enhance the landscape character of the site.




Where it is not possible or appropriate to secure this new or replacement tree planting on site, trees should be planted at a suitable location outside the site such as on LGS and NGS or other publicly owned land.


Planning conditions or legal agreements will be used to secure the above.


Policy MG5: Neighbourhood Nature Conservation Sites


Proposals that have an unacceptable adverse impact on Neighbourhood Nature Conservation Sites will not be supported unless it can be demonstrated that:


1.         The need for the development clearly outweighs the importance of the Neighbourhood Nature Conservation Site; or


2.         Measures can be provided that fully mitigate for the impact.  This will be secured through a planning condition or legal agreement.