Planning policy evidence based documents

Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (policy documents and guidance)

Open Space Study

This study defines the nature and distribution of open space in the borough of Runnymede.

Open Space Study 2016

The Open Space Study has been produced in line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and paragraph 73 of the NPPF, which sets out that planning policies should be based on robust and up-to-date assessments of the needs for open space, sports and recreation facilities and opportunities for new provision.

The Open Space Study was republished on 15 February 2017. The only amendment made was the removal of out-of-date Site ID numbers on some of the maps within the document. The remainder of the document remains unchanged. This can be viewed below:

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Open Space Study Amended Version (February 2017)

Surrey Hotel Futures Study

The study seeks to provide an in depth analysis of the future opportunities and requirements for hotel development across Surrey to inform the future plans and policies of Surrey County Council and its District and Borough Councils.

Surrey Hotel Futures Study 2015

The study was undertaken by Hotel Solutions between October 2014 and June 2015. The Surrey Hotel Futures Study 2015 executive summary and full report are available to download on the Surrey County Council website.


Local Green Space Assessment

This Assessment recommends which sites in the Borough should be designated as Local Green Space.

The Local Green Space designation, introduced by the Government's National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012, offers a high degree of protection to areas of importance to the local community against new development, providing that they meet certain criteria. 

The Local Green Space Assessment has been produced in line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance. The Assessment should be considered as an addendum to the Open Space Study 2016. Following representations received during the Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches Consultation, a review of the Local Green Space Assessment was undertaken. The final version of the Local Green Space Assessment is available to view below:

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Local Green Space Assessment (December 2017)


Playing Pitch Strategy

The Playing Pitch Strategy provides a baseline for current and future supply and demand assessments and also sets out plans for playing pitch provision in the borough in the short, medium and long term.

Ploszajski Lynch Consulting Ltd was commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council to produce a playing pitch strategy for the borough.

The strategy provides a baseline for current and future supply and demand assessments for each of the sports considered and also sets out a plan towards playing pitch provision in the borough in the short, medium and long term, with clear sport; area and site-specific recommendations, and prioritised action plan.

The final version of the Playing Pitch Strategy can be viewed below:

PDF icon to indicate a PDF file Playing Pitch Strategy (June 2018)

The final version of the football facility plan for the borough can be found here