Green Spaces

One of the most important aspects of the work the Neighbourhood Plan Committee is the recognition of the unique character and natural landscape of our village.  This was noted by a planning inspector in the 1970’s when he recognised the open character and the ridges and valleys were unusual and should be preserved.

In order to protect this, the Neighbourhood Plan Committee have identified areas that should be designated as “Green Space” and then receive protection as such.  This work now has to go out to Public Consultation for comment.  You can do this by making comments on this document.

You can comment during the consultation period and your comments will be visible to everyone.  Comments will only be accepted if they are from within the community or from landowners, relate to the item concerned and are not anonymous.

You can view the document by following the link. Green Spaces.



  • Sarah Wilkinson /

    We live adjacent to the area known as War Moors. It is an area full of wildlife and is naturally a lovely space right in the heart of the village. There is a footpath which runs through it and the field is often used and enjoyed by children and adults. In summer children are often seen playing in and enjoying this space as it is adjacent to the park and the playing fields so the children naturally spill over into this area too.
    The lanes/roads around this field are narrow and not suitable for children to play so to have this safe area away from the traffic for the children to enjoy and explore is lovely.
    There are an abundance of species of plants, birds, insects etc in the field and to lose this space right in the centre of the village would be tragic.
    There are so many visitors and walkers to Brown Edge especially in the summer and the War Moors is one of the areas which make Brown Edge special and attract such visitors.

  • Arthur Silvester /

    Arthur Silvester
    161 Brookfield
    High Lane
    Brown Edge
    ST6 8QA
    Myself and my wife think it would be a tragedy to use the war moors for any other purpose than open space, The amenity value to all the villagers and indeed visitors is next to none, the site abounds with wild life during the day and night.
    ,from a daytime visit by the fox to the evening patrol of hunting owls. The first week of January 2018 gave us the first visit of the new year of a lovely fox it it was mid morning and hunted around for about forty minutes. when walking the path from bank end to the playing fields pausing for a moment you get the perspective of being part of the natural environment, it is a wounderfull place for children to roam , we have seen children wandering across the site, who knows what amazing adventures they are experiencing.This site is worthy of being designated an open space and a place of local historical significance.It would be a great loss to the lovely village environment we live in.

  • Gary and Pauline Evans /

    Myself and my wife, Pauline Evans(Snape), live immediately adjacent to the War Moors. Our property overlooks this wonderful plot of land forever looking out upon the abundancy of nature that currently occupies the War Moors. It lies within the heart of our village, Brown Edge. The village is already overrun with vehicular traffic with High Lane becoming evermore like a town road and not a village road. All of the green areas of Brown Edge require protecting to ensure for future generations to enjoy, and not to be overrun by developments. This is a wonderfully beautiful area and must not be destroyed, which again brings us back to the War Moors, although not used by the public , other than the public footpath that runs through the north east section of land, it is unique like no other with springs, brooks wild life ,birds, it comes with abundance of flowers foliage’ last year there was lady smocks i have not seen those for years i lived here has a girl my mum used to get watercress out of that brook i know time goes on but how nice for all the village it would be to keep what nature intended the War Moors.
    On a final note, the excessive pollution that must be generated from the excess traffic that now runs through and within our village gives great cause for concern as we are all breathing in the pollution, open green spaces throughout our village is a must for all generations concerned.

  • Paul Edwards /

    Paul Edwards
    155 High Lane
    Brown Edge
    ST6 8QA

    These are my comments in relation to the green space in Brown Edge recognised as

    BEN-1 – The war moors
    This area is in the heart of the village and a beautiful natural growing addition to the adjacent playing fields. It has been allowed to grow naturally for over 40 years and has been enjoyed by the residents and people using the playing fields. The land is home to a multitude of species of mammals, birds and amphibians taking advantage of the flowing brook water which leads to the well. There are a family of foxes, visiting bats and an array of birds.
    There were a number of large and beautiful trees which were felled in preparation to the recent planning application. There are a number of trees in gardens adjacent to the land that have protection orders on them. I strongly suspect that some, if not all, of the trees on the land had orders on them also. All the trees in the Centre of the land have been felled which is a tragedy but does open up the land to allow you to enjoy the natural rolling landscape and nature. If this land was lost as natural green space it would be devastating for the village, the visitors and the residents who enjoy its natural beauty.

    BEN-2 – Bank End amenity site
    This area is used continuously by residents, especially dog walkers and children to play. It is a common meeting place for families to enjoy with sledges in winter. There is a footpath from this area, through the war moors into the playing field. This has been used by residents and visitors to Brown Edge for at least 40 years. I have not lived in Brown Edge for all that time but I live amongst residents who have. They have told me the land has been growing wild for approximately 50 years plus and the footpath used for at least 40. From previous experience, that in a situation such as this, I have known that after so many years this footpath becomes common land. I have copied an extract below to confirm this.
    The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 In legal theory most paths become rights of way because the owner dedicates them to public use. In fact very few paths have been formally dedicated, but the law assumes that if the public uses a path without interference for some period of time set by statute at 20 years ‐ then the owner had intended to dedicate it as a right of way.
    This is clearly the case with the footpath running through the war moors.

    BEN-3 – Playing fields
    I believe this area has been used as playing fields since 1962. There is no other designated area in the village for children and family to enjoy when the weather permits. It was a basic area with drainage issues but is well maintained and the floral area at the front offers an attractive sight for people visiting or travelling through the village.
    The recreational equipment was updated in recent years funded by the Robbie Willams charity and offers a safe play area for young child. This land is also the host for the annual Brown Edge Well dressing and the visitors can use not only the playing fields, but he footpath leading them to adjacent land to view the dressed well on Sytch Road.


    Paul Edwards

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