Parks and green spaces are proven to help people stay physically and mentally well; places where we can all move, breathe, run and play. They are an important tool to drive social cohesion, combat loneliness and build community spirit. The immense value of accessible green space within towns for our physical and mental wellbeing was recognised by Northamptonshire County Council in its Health & Wellbeing Strategy🔗.
Fletton Field is one of only two freely accessible areas of green space within Oundle Town. The site is not needed to meet the town’s commitments for new housing, it is registered as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ and is recognised as Local Green Space in local development plans.
Its central location, being close to: Fletton House (the Community Hub), the doctor’s surgery, sheltered housing, care home and library, makes it an ideal space for exercise, activities and informal outside events for people of all ages and abilities.
Oundle has considerably less freely accessible green space than other comparable towns in Northamptonshire – ten times less per person than Raunds and five times less than Burton Latimer. Most of the green space within the town’s boundaries is privately owned, public access is becoming increasingly limited and even some of this has been allocated for housing development. Losing Fletton Field to development would reduce Oundle’s publicly accessible green space by 42%.
We feel strongly that Fletton Field belongs to Oundle. North Northamptonshire Council will replace Northamptonshire County Council and East Northants District Council from 1 April 2021 and now is the time to reassert the town’s claim to the land.
Christina Cork, Chair of Oundle Recreation and Greenspaces Group
the year Fletton Field established as public space
times less accessible green space in Oundle than comparable towns