The Green Guarantee identifies areas of council owned land that it wants to protect from any future development, in addition to the six Local Nature Reserves and eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest, three Fields in Trust sites and Village Greens already protected in the borough.
The first phase sees 116 sites that will be formally recognised areas of open space for leisure, recreation and biodiversity purposes and protected from any development.
The initial list was approved by the Cabinet (on Thursday 15 October).
Consultation and engagement with local interest groups and organisations via Town and Parish Councils will begin on 2 November to ensure support for the identified Green Guarantee sites, gather any local knowledge and to clarify site information including site boundaries.
Councillor Richard Overton, cabinet member for Housing, Public Health and Protection, said: “Our Green Guarantee will ensure that we can protect council owned land that people use for their leisure and recreation from future development.
“We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the green spaces we have in the borough and that these will be protected for future generations to enjoy.
“Living close to accessible and open green spaces is good for people’s health and helps tackle issues such as stress, obesity, heart disease and mental health as well as ensure that our borough continues to have the facilities of a modern progressive town with many accessible green spaces.”
Details of the consulatation can be found via the council website.
The consulation will run from Monday 2 November until 30 January 2016.
Later next year the Council will ask the community to identify an additional at least 50 Community Green Spaces, which are owned by Telford & Wrekin Council, to be included in the Green Guarantee. These will be identified through further public consultation from December 2016.
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