SANGs are existing open spaces that have been identified for enhancement so that they can be made more accessible and attractive to visitors.
The hope is that by providing alternative areas for outdoor recreation, it will help reduce the impact on the SPA as new households can use the SANG, instead of the protected heathland.
A site at Rooks Nest Wood (formerly Rooks Nest Farm) in Barkham was approved for use as SANG on 19 August 2009.
The 18.5Ha site will provide mitigation for:
- Up to for 1,000 new households that are within the 5km mitigation zone of the SPA
- Developments of nine dwellings (net gain) that are within the 5km mitigation zone (but can be further from the SANG)
- Larger developments within the 7km mitigation zone and 5km of Rooks Nest Farm
Full details relating to this site are contained in the SANG - Rooks Nest Wood advice note (PDF document)
. Work on this area has now begun.