Enquiry to use or purchase council land/public open space

We receive many applications for temporary use of or to purchase areas of public amenity open space. Applications may be for use as garden land, parking, access or to have an extension built to an adjoining property. Public amenity open spaces are preserved by the provisions of Policy EM5 (Green Infrastructure) of the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan (2011 to 2029).

Regardless of the proposed use, planning permission is needed for change of use from public amenity open space and for inclusion of the land within the curtilage of the adjoining property.

We want to protect/retain public amenity open spaces in the various neighbourhoods for the their original purposes and reasons. These parcels of land, no matter how small they are, are covered by the Local Plan and various policies seeking to preserve the neighbourhoods.

We are keen to retain and safeguard areas of open spaces wherever possible. But we may consider temporary use or disposal on a case by case basis, depending on exceptional circumstances and in relation to small/minor parcels.

The following documents provide additional information setting out the processes and procedures involved in such land use enquiries:

PDF document Standard Procedures for land use/purchase application - areas of public amenity open space (PDF)

PDF document Policy EM5 - Green Infrastructure (PDF, 6 Mb)

All applications to use or purchase land from the council should be made to Property Services by emailing propertyservices@basingstoke.gov.uk or writing to:

Property Services
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
Basingstoke
RG21 4AH.

You will need to include a location plan and a statement of the current planning position.

Before making an application, it would be helpful if you could familiarise yourself with the Standard Procedures above. These will help you to understand what is involved and to ascertain if the application is likely to be taken forward.

The Property Services team will review your application and where necessary liaise with other teams within the council to ascertain if your application can be progressed.

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