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What is Local Green Space (LGS) Designation?

The designation of land as Local Green Space through local and neighbourhood plans, allows communities to identify and protect green areas of particular importance to them. Once designated as a LGS, the land has the same protection as Green Belt. That means the land can’t be developed other than under very specific and exceptional circumstances.

Land can only be designated as a LGS if it meets the criteria specified in paragraph 100 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This states:

The Local Green Space designation should only be used where the green space is:
a) in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
b) demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; and
c) local in character and is not an extensive tract of land.

The Government has provided further guidance on the designation of land as LGS in the Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

View the guidance in the PPG: