PPS 8: Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation
The Role of Development Plans: Introduction
4.1 The preparation of a development plan provides the opportunity to assess existing open space provision within the plan area and to identify, where necessary, suitable locations for future open space development.
4.2 The primary responsibility for the provision of public open space facilities such as playing fields, parks and children’s play areas rests with district councils. Accordingly, in assessing open space provision and considering future land needs, the Department will seek to work closely with district councils and take into account any local recreational strategies they may have. Where appropriate, the Department will also liaise with other interested bodies such as the Sports Council.