I'll be putting up relevant information to Government consultations which affect the sector. This will also include draft material and research that I'm undertaking in response.
Firstly, the Town and Village Green (TVG) consultation is open until 17th October and the link to the documents and how to respond is here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/07 ... age-greens
This is a difficult issue for GreenSpace who both understand the increasing cost and resource for local authorities to respond to each application, whilst facing already diminishing budgets and resources, plus the concern that local people feel when valued open spaces may potentially be lost to them. In replying below I've tried to balance these two views, carefully considering the implications of each proposal and trying to protect an important mechanism for retaining public open spaces.
If these proposals - any of them really - do go forward I anticipate a significant increase in TVG applications which could be an excellent catalyst for local authorities to engage neighbourhoods in the new planning process.
All comments gratefully received on this first draft, thanks Michelle