Local Green Spaces – Have Your Say

An important part of our Neighbourhood Plan is green space. Green space is important for all residents and we are able to designate areas as “Local Green Spaces” (LGS) as long as they meet certain regulatory criteria. Mostly these criteria are designed to stop communities setting up blocks to development or trying to create DIY green belts.

The current candidate LGSs are listed below and indicated by number on the map.

Please feel free to vote for up to four that you believe should be the highest priority. Please do not vote for more than four and please only vote once. Note this is an individual vote not one per household.

Voting will be open until 31st July.

This consultation doesn’t mean there will be only four LGSs in the final plan but we need to get an idea how the residents of Southam would rank their value. Thanks for participating.

Local Green Spaces – Have Your Say
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Local Green Spaces Map
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Stowe valley (North and South side of River Stowe) – Holywell Walk - from Manders Croft /the fields preceding and following the Holywell itself

Traversed by a network of Public Rights of Way and leading to the Blue Lias Ring walk, this section represents a major part of the Holywell walk experience and lies in the highly valued Stowe Valley, the last true tract of mixed open farmed and semi-wild land left in Southam. Rich in wildlife and natural habitats, the valley floor and Stowe riverside walk provides an environment enabling residents to exercise or enjoy quiet reflection, vital to resident health and wellbeing. Considered the ‘green lung’ of Southam, it delivers unbroken panoramic vistas in all directions.

The viewpoints afforded on the south side differ in that you get a panoramic view of the northern part of the town for walkers and ramblers using the public rights of way. The vistas to the East provide a clearer view of St James church and the recreation ground.

2

Abbey Lane Green – junction of Abbey Lane and Warwick Road

Sits firmly in the centre of the conservation area and is surrounded by listed buildings and monuments. Had it been larger it would qualify as a quintessential village green. Breaks up the surrounding built form, is functional and adds to the local character of the immediate surroundings.

3

Park Lane recreation ground

The main green recreational facility in the town hosts the annual carnival and other open- air events such as concerts and civil war enactments. This space is a conduit to the Stowe Valley walk and in the opposing direction through St. James churchyard. This space delivers one of the best viewpoints of the church and its spire.

4

Tithe Lodge Garden area

Under the ownership of Orbit Housing, this relatively new landscaped green space was created after a demolition. It is the only visible and accessible green space in the main retail centre and defines the outer form of Tithe Lodge itself. It adds a natural break to the High Street / Market Hill street scene and provides a restful place for visitors and residents to enjoy café facilities and al fresco dining. It is a blank canvas for colourful planting schemes and serves to contribute positively to Southam in Bloom.

5

The Grange gardens and Peace Garden

Provides an open setting to the Grade 2 listed Grange and the Grange Hall Community Centre. The terraced and landscaped Peace Garden is the most accessible part of this space. The Grange and surrounding green areas up to the Grange Hall are under the ownership of Stratford District Council and may in future be under threat of development as SDC has indicated its intention to dispose of this asset. This space has the potential to hold outdoor events hosted by the Grange Hall - some are already planned for this year.

6

Southam College Playing Fields, Welsh Road West

The school field provides sports facilities for the local community although its greatest asset is the area opposite Windmill Way which provides a panoramic view over the fields to South Fields Farm.

7

The southern end of the Quarry

To be reserved as a wild life area and nature reserve for the possible benefit of Southam, Long Itchington and surrounds. Cemex already has plans to re-landscape this part of the quarry which is no longer used.

8

Merestone Park, Merestone Close

Serving the north Merestone estate it links the estate with The Furrows and Tollgate Road. The “Maerstane” (boundary stone) was the original 10th Century landmark for the meeting points of Southam, Long Itchingon and Stockton. A replica was placed in this park to mark Southam’s millennium. The park is also a popular dog walking area.

9

Tollgate Road Green

A children’s play area owned by the County Council. The majority of the area has, for the last few years, been enclosed for the sole use of St James school. A small area has been retained for use as a children’s play area.

10

River Stowe off A425 Daventry Road

Access is via Glebe Farm, for the first part following the north side of the river Stowe until crossing fields to Stockton. One of the few access areas to the river on the east side of Southam, providing access to countryside and the opportunity for physical exercise and open air activity for improving well-being.

The area is regularly used by the Rambling society, dog walkers and families and forms part of the Blue Lias walk. The Blue Lias consists of a sequence of limestone and shale layers, laid down in latest Triassic and early Jurassic times, between 195 and 200 million years ago. The Blue Lias is famous for its fossils, especially ammonites.

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Allotments to the North of Daventry Road

Additional small allotments site. See No. 13 for full ratonale.

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Riverside Walk – Shepherds Hill

Serving the local communities to the East of the by-pass, this green space runs alongside the river to the underpass, is popular with dog walkers and in the summer caters for residents wishing to picnic. Situated in a heavily built form area set to substantially increase in size over the next 5 years this space is important for resident health and wellbeing.

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Allotments Welsh Rd East and Daventry Road A425

Southam has had allotments since 1538. The Southam allotments are, broadly speaking, laid out as they were in 1824. The site is considered to be the second oldest allotment site in Warwickshire. Up until 1967, the land on which the allotments are situated was managed by the Town Council. After that, the Southam Produce Association (SPA) took over the day-to-day running of the sites. In 1990, following discussion with the Town Council, it was agreed that SPA would lease the land directly from Southam United Charities. The allotments at Welsh Road East are also home of an old air-raid shelter.

Allotments facilitate a healthy life style by providing a social experience with like-minded people, exercise and fresh fruit and vegetables increasing wellbeing; encourages a sustainable ecosystem by providing a green corridor preventing wildlife becoming stranded by impassable concrete and forms a break between the built up area and the agricultural fields.

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*Southam Cricket Ground, The Old Road Ground, Leamington Road CV47 0JH

The club comprises of a cricket ground and club house. It provides a useful larger venue for community events such as the annual Guy Fawkes bonfire and firework display.

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*Southam UFC and Bowling Clubs, Banbury Road CV47 2BJ

The club’s Banbury Road headquarters extends to some 13 acres in all, including the floodlit main pitch and numerous full-sized and junior pitches. Also, there is a thriving bowls section. There is an enclosed floodlit pitch, a tiered stand accommodating 150 spectators, clubhouse, changing rooms and a bowls club. Adjoining land is leased for junior football which has its own pavilion and limited parking. As well as a thriving adult and junior the SUFC offers developmental courses.

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*Southam RUCF, The Rugby Field, Kineton Rd CV47 2DG

The present club field was purchased in 1969 which is currently the bottom two pitches; owing to a money shortage the clubhouse was not opened until 25/1/1973.

Now comprising 4 full size pitches and a reasonable clubhouse with catering and bar facilities, it provides a useful larger venue for community events such as the annual Party in the Park event.

*These sporting venues contribute sports and recreational facility, enabling social interaction and cohesiveness. The football, bowls and rugby clubs in particular will require additional protections to ensure continued viability through connectivity during (and after) the HS2 construction works.