Give your views on Kettering Borough’s open spaces!

Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019

Local people encouraged to take part in consultation on Open Space Strategy

Kettering Borough Council is consulting with residents, local business and visitors to help them create a new Open Space Strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to identify the needs of the Borough and to ensure that there is adequate open space provision both now and in the future. Open spaces include local parks and gardens, like Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, play areas, allotments and natural green space such as Desborough green space, as well churchyards and cemeteries, civic spaces, and green corridors.

Knight, Kavanagh and Page (KKP) has been appointed by Kettering Borough Council to develop the new Strategy. KKP has a proven track record of producing such strategies.  The final document will become part of the evidence base used to inform the development of the Borough’s Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan. As part of the consultation program KKP has also been consulting local community groups and sports clubs to make sure that their views are reflected in the strategy.

The Council is keen to hear from residents, local businesses and visitors to the Borough with their views on open spaces and how they use them. As such, local people are encouraged to complete the online survey which will help shape the picture of open space across their Borough. This survey can be found at

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“The Open Space Strategy will help deliver the Council’s vision to serve existing and future communities by guiding the enhancement of existing and provision of new open space for Kettering Borough up to 2031. It will lead to a network of high quality, well managed open spaces that will be accessible to all to promote, support and increase physical activity leading to improvements in health and well-being across the Borough.”

James Wilson, Head of Development Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“I would encourage local people to fill in the online survey giving their views on the many and varied open spaces in our Borough. It is important for residents and community groups to let us know how they use local space so we can ensure that the needs of local people are met for now and in the future.”

Chris MacFarlane, Principal Consultant at KKP, said:

“KKP is very pleased to have been appointed to deliver this vital assignment. We will be working closely with Kettering Council officers and carrying out extensive consultation with the community to ensure that the strategy identifies and meets local needs.”


Open space includes the following typologies:

  • Local parks and gardens - high quality, specially designed, formally managed sites.  Often include equipped play areas, outdoor fitness and sporting facilities. Offer opportunities for informal recreation and community events.
  • Play areas for children - spaces designed for children between 0 to 8 yrs, usually requiring parental supervision.  Play equipment ranges but often includes swings, slides and climbing frames. Provide opportunities for play and social interaction.
  • Provision for young people (9 yrs - late teens) - Facilities aimed at young people and teens such as multi-use games areas, skateboard areas and BMX tracks. Often intended for unsupervised play.
  • Allotments and community schemes - Opportunities for people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Improve health, wellbeing and social inclusion
  • Churchyard and cemeteries - Offer opportunities for quiet contemplation and often wildlife conservation.
  • Natural and semi natural green space - open, natural spaces with lower land management.  Usually include nature reserves and woodlands. Provide wildlife habitats and promote conservation, environmental education and awareness.
  • Amenity greenspace - Grassed areas providing opportunities for informal activities close to home or work.
  • Blue and green infrastructure – outdoor networks including cycleways, footpaths, bridleways and river corridors.  Provide routes for walking, cycling and /or horse riding, whether for leisure or travel; they provide freedom of movement and habitats for wildlife.
  • Civic spaces - Market squares, war memorials and other areas that provide a setting for civic buildings, public demonstrations and community events.