Design and Development Control Guidelines
10 PLAY SPACE PROVISION FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS</p>
10.1.1 These guidelines cover the provision by developers of outdoor children's play spaces on new residential developments in accordance with Policy TAL7 of the Unitary Development Plan. They apply to all new residential developments.
10.1.2 The guidelines are based upon published data and local user requirements and should be regarded as a minimum level of provision. They have been endorsed by the National Children's Play and Recreation Unit and National Playing Fields Association. Further information and technical advice can be obtained from the Council's Leisure and Property Department.
10.2 Overall provision
10.2.1 Overall provision for play space in new family housing schemes should be on the basis of 15m² for each family dwelling. This play space is in addition to private gardens.
10.2.2 The overall provision should be made up on 10m² of natural or informal play space per family dwelling and 5m² per dwelling of formal play space with equipment.
10.3 Formal play space
10.3.1 One third of the formal play space should be equipped to meet the requirements of pre-school children. The balance should be equipped for 5 to 14 year-olds.
10.3.2 The minimum size of formal play space should be 100m² for pre-school children's play space and 500m² for play spaces for children 5 to 14 years old.
10.4.1 Formal play spaces should be located so that pre-school children should not be more than 200m from a designated play area and that the distance for older children to travel to a play area should not be more than 400m.
10.5 Commuted payments
10.5.1 In smaller housing schemes or where suitable play spaces already exist adjacent to the development, it may not be appropriate to provide play spaces as part of a scheme. Developers should seek the advice of Council Officers in such cases.
10.5.2 Improvements are likely to consist of new play equipment and safety surfacing. A commuted payment in lieu of provision of £270 per family dwelling will be sought (at 2003 prices). This figure will be reviewed annually.
10.6 Maintenance of play spaces
10.6.1 The Council is prepared to maintain play areas which have obtained its approval. Subject to the play areas being installed to the appropriate requirements, the local authority is prepared to take over responsibility for maintenance once the play area is completed. Manufacturers will have liability for defects in equipment for an initial period. The Council would wish to check the installation of equipment to be satisfied that this has been properly undertaken. The Council would also undertake regular safety checks, cleaning and, when necessary, equipment replacement.
10.6.2 It may be appropriate for developers to dedicate play areas to the Council to facilitate these arrangements. A play area will be deemed to be handed over when the Council has certified in writing that it is satisfied with the play area. The Council would then take over full responsibility for it.