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Open space and playing pitch SPD: financial contributions

Off-site provision and improvements


The same amount of financial contribution will be required for both off-site provision and improvements.

Costs for the typologies of open space identified in the table below have been calculated per dwelling using average costs per m 2 rounded to the nearest pound for each typology. Examples of how the cost per dwelling has been calculated are set out on the next page.

The cost per dwelling for playing pitches is based on the average costs of grass pitches and changing rooms as identified by Sport England and included in the Playing Pitch Strategy. The cost per dwelling varies for each authority as the standards are different (see example calculations overleaf).

Costs per dwelling
TypologyCost per m2PrestonSouth RibbleChorley
Amenity greenspace£8£104£255£140
Provision for children/young people£70£34£101£134
Parks and gardens£32£1390£507£1467
Natural/semi-natural greenspace£5£214£238£557
Allotments£9£37£17£15
Playing pitch£55£1335£1507£1599

 

Maintenance costs


Where provision is made on-site, a financial contribution towards maintenance will be required unless private maintenance is proposed.

The only typologies that a developer may be required to provide on-site are amenity greenspace and provision for children/young people. The cost per dwelling varies for each authority as the standards are different.

Costs per dwelling
TypologyCost per m2PrestonSouth RibbleChorley
Amenity greensapce£4£52£128£70
Provision for children/young people£7£3£10£13

 

Examples of how off-site provision and improvement financial contributions have been calculated


Example 1 - Amenity greenspace cost per dwelling for Preston

1) The hectares of provision required for 1 dwelling is calculated using the formula in section (iii) of the SPD:

1 x 2.4      x Local standard / 1000         = 0.001296 ha

                (0.54 ha/1000 population)

2) The hectares required converted to m2 = 12.96

3) Multiplied by cost per m2 (£8) = £104 per dwelling (rounded to nearest pound).

Example 2 - Amenity greenspace cost per dwelling for South Ribble

1) The hectares of provision required for 1 dwelling is calculated using the formula in section (iii) of the SPD:

1 x 2.4    x Local standard / 1000       = 0.003192 ha

               (1.33 ha/1000 population)

2) The hectares required converted to m2 = 31.92

3) Multiplied by cost per m2 (£8) = £255 per dwelling (rounded to nearest pound).

Example 2 - Amenity greenspace cost per dwelling for Chorley

1) The hectares of provision required for 1 dwelling is calculated using the formula in section (iii) of the SPD:

1 x 2.4    x Local standard / 1000       = 0.001752 ha

              (0.73 ha/1000 population)

2) The hectares required converted to m2 = 17.52

3) Multiplied by cost per m2 (£8) = £140 per dwelling (rounded to nearest pound).

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