Jon Sheaff and Associates are continuing to develop a new Open Spaces Strategy for the London Borough of Barnet.
Barnet recognises that its parks assets will form a vital and increasing role in supporting the development of sustainable communities across the Borough. Open space development will occupy a key role in the development of its key regeneration areas in Colindale, Brent Cross, West Hendon and the Dollis Valley. The Council recognises that the parks and open space agenda has not been as fully expressed as it could in Barnet, despite the Council’s considerable assets in this area. Barnet is now keen to move this agenda forward and to develop an Open Space Strategy that will deliver a range of social and economic outcomes in health, employment and skills, culture and environment.
Having completed an initial scoping strategy in the winter of 2014, we have progressed to developing the strategy itself and will complete this work over the summer and autumn of 2015. The strategy will draw together much of the research into public open space funding and governance that is currently being funded by the HLF and NESTA and will propose a series of pilot options that the Borough will proceed to implement. We will be gathering the views and aspirations of residents and stakeholders through an engagement process over the summer of 2015 and using this information to inform the development of the strategy.
In parallel with the development of the strategy, Jon Sheaff and Associates will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the quality and quantity of the Council’s open space assets and use this data to inform a capital investment strategy that will deliver a transformation in the quality of the Borough’s parks over the forthcoming 10 years.