Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces
Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces (SANGs) are a group of existing open spaces that are due to undergo enhancements designed to attract more visitors by providing an enjoyable natural environment for recreation as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
Thames Basin Heaths SPA
The Thames Basin Heaths SPA is a network of internationally important heathland sites in the south of the borough. These sites, such as Wildmoor Heath, support rare birds such as the Dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar that are highly sensitive to visitors.
To prevent harm to the SPA, new housing developments must now contribute towards enhancements of SANGs. Separate contributions also fund the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership which aims to educate visitors about SPAs and encourages visitors to use SANGs. This helps to protect SPAs from being visited by too many people.
This is part of the council’s avoidance and mitigation strategy called the Thames Basin Heaths SPA SPD.
Which sites are identified as SANGs?
The following sites are now being enhanced as a SANG:
- Ambarrow Hill and Court
- Englemere Pond
- Horseshoe Lake
- Lily Hill Park
- Longhill Park Group - this includes Longhill Park, Milman Close, Clintons Hill, Bullbrook Drive and Beswick Gardens Close
- Pope's Meadow
- Shepherd Meadows
- The Cut Countryside Corridor - this forms a circular route linking sites Larks Hill, Piggy Wood, Garth Meadows/Pond and The Three Copses
Improvements for each site are set out in an open space management plan and are designed to be above standard in order to be more attractive to visitors.
To visit the sites, see our circular walks page.
Open space management plans
Our space management plans (OSMP) are listed below: