Protecting Green Spaces and Settlement Gaps:
The Impact of Climate Change and the Environment

As the village develops, we would like to understand the views of parishioners about the existing green spaces and settlement gaps. Which ones are the most important and why?

A characteristic of Curdridge is its “open” appearance, which comes from the large number of open fields that remain in this dispersed village. How important is this to the identity of the village?

Settlement gaps respond to adjacent developments in the surrounding areas such as Whiteley and Boorley Green. We should consider where such gaps support the identity of Curdridge and Curbridge.

The main village recreation ground is part of the Reading Rooms (which is run by a charity and not the Council) and has a number of existing facilities. The Council also has a recreation field by the allotments.

Are there any other green spaces that the Council should seek to provide, and are there some that should be avoided or managed differently?

We also want to consider the impact of a changing climate on the villages. How we can mitigate the impact of such changes on the village and on future developments? Is there support for renewable energy developments, such as solar fields to provide power for the village? Should all new homes have renewable energy sources?

As a rural village, we also want to protect the environment and ensure that it is allowed to flourish, and be supported as the village changes. We welcome ideas of how the Council can adopt policies which support the environment.

Questions for Discussion:

  • How should the Village protect its existing public open spaces?
  • Are any more needed and why?
  • How should the open nature of Curdridge be preserved?
  • Should the village have a climate strategy for new developments?
  • What are the key risks for the village from the changes in the climate and environment?
  • Where should the settlements gap be most protected?
  • What purposes, roles and uses should the public spaces fulfil?
  • How can we manage the green spaces to give the most benefit for the community?