Policy Development Panel - Open Space Parks Strategy and Development Plan Agenda - 26 August 2016, 14:00 Help

A meeting to be held at Committee Suite, Municipal Buildings, Falkirk at 14:00 on 26 August 2016.

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The scope of the Policy Development Panel is to review the Council's 5 year Open Space Strategy agreed in 2010 and the Parks Development Plan by December 2014. As the review of the Parks Development Plan will be considered within the context of the Open Space Strategy it was proposed that the panel review both the Strategy and the Plan and that a consultative draft strategy incorporating the plan is submitted to the meeting on 2 December 2014 for approval. The timetable for submission to the Executive was subsequently amended to allow for the findings of pre-consultative draft strategy engagement including the Citizens Panel questionnaire programme to be reported to the Panel and for detailed scrutiny.

Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) requires Councils to take a strategic and long term approach to managing the open space in their areas, assessing both current and future needs and protecting all spaces which can help to meet them. SPP requires the preparation of an Open Space Strategy to achieve this. The Council's first Open Space Strategy was approved in April 2010 with a 5 year outlook. Accordingly, it was due for review by April 2015.

This is the ninth meeting of the Panel. The purpose of the meeting is to allow members of the Panel to discuss and approve the final version of the Draft Open Space Strategy and Parks Development Plan following the consultation exercise prior to submission to the Executive on 27 September 2016.

This meeting will be held in private.