Assignment on Example of Urban Planning- Letchworth Garden City

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1.INTRODUCTIONhttp://spatialagency.net/database/how/networking/garden.cities1.1.Letchworth Garden City started in 1903 in Hertfordshire, UK was one of the first new towns and is an earlyexample of urban planning considered alongside strategies of community management and economicsustainability. Letchworth Garden City has a relatively strong provision of local sporting facilities in the town.The Development Foundation in Letchworth is therefore considering the potential to create a sports hub orsports village to serve the town. They have identified a site at Baldock Road in Letchworth and will shortly beengaging with local clubs and stakeholders to identify whether they are supportive of the project and wouldlike to participate.2.CONTEXT2.1.The Baldock road site for the development of the Letchworth sports hub is located on the eastern edge ofthe Letchworth Garden city, surrounded by the Employment Areas(ETC1) to the north, the Schoolfields andQuinnway residential area along the south-western edge, and the western, south-western edges mostlycovered by the Greenbelt zone.2.2.As per the Local plan 2011-2031 proposals of the North Hertfordshire Council, the Baldock road site of anarea of 34.5 acres for the development of the Letchworth Sports hub consists of the sports ground and theexisting North Herts leisure centre which fall under the district boundary towards the western end and theremaining area along with the Letchworth Garden city Rugby club fall under the Green Belt zone.
2.3.The North Hertfordshire District Council’s Policies for planning and development sets out the principle fordeveloping the site. The key elements of the policy are summarised on the left. The full policy wording isprovided at the end of this document.2.4.This document covers all the development site. The Development Foundation in Letchworth is consideringthe potential to create a sports hub or sports village to serve the town. They will shortly be engaging withlocal clubs and stakeholders to identify whether they are supportive of the project and would like toparticipate.There are a number of challenges that have been identified by staff at the DevelopmentFoundation as part of initial internal discussions like the the type of facilities that should be provided, theimpact of development in the Greenbelt zone in acceptance with policy terms, possible solutions to issuessuch as accessibility, car parking, safety and methods to make the proposed facilities sustainable in themedium and longer terms.3.EXISTING SPORTS FACILITIES IN LETCHWORTHSPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES IN LETCHWORTHS.NOSITE NAMEFACILITIES AVAILABLETYPE OF OWNERSHIP1.Baldock RoadBasketball CourtFootball – 2Play area – junior & SeniorWheeled sport facilityYouth shelterFitness Trail2.Grange RecreationGroundBasketball CourtFootball - 6Play Area (Junior and Senior)Exercise EquipmentExercise ZoneWheeled Sport FacilityPavilion3.Grange CentralPlay area – juniorCombination goalYouth shelter4.HillbrowBasketball Court5-A-Side FootballPlay area – junior & Senior5.Howard Park andGardensBowling GreenPlay area – junior & SeniorPaddling pool6.Jackmans CreameryFloodlit MUGABasketball CourtFootball – 25-A-Side FootballPlay area – juniorYouth shelter
7.Jackmans CentralPlay area – junior & SeniorBMX Gravel Track8.Linnet ClosePlay Area - Junior9.Norton CommonTennis x 2Mini-tennis x 3Floodlit MUGABowling Green x 2Play Area (Junior and Senior)Wheeled Sport FacilityExercise Zone10.Oak Tree ClosePlay Area - Junior11.Temple GardensPlay area – juniorCombination goal5-A-Side Football12.Wilbury RecreationGroundArchers WayPlay Area (Junior and Senior)Exercise ZoneFootball Pitch x 2
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