Case Studies

Canford Park SANG

Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace
Canford Park SANG

The 44ha SANG at Canford Magna allows public access to hitherto private land along the southern bank of the River Stour. Its success rests to a large extent on convenience of use and an attractive natural setting.  We firmly believe that the Canford SANG scores well on both points.

The Canford SANG also delivers wider landscape and biodiversity enhancement, as well as broader health and wellbeing benefits. Phase 1 (c.14ha) opened in June 2019 and the findings of initial visitor surveys are encouraging.  It regularly receives over 250 visits a day from looking to enjoy a natural tranquil setting, many of whom would have previously headed for nearby heaths.  Phase 1 of the Canford SANG is held up as  a good example in the Dorset Heathlands Planning Framework published in 2020.

Project Solution

  • Our Approach
  • Challenge
  • Solution & Result
  • Frontloaded technical studies
  • Community engagement via a dedicated microsite - to explain the purpose of SANG
  • Conformity with published guidance and investigating best practice
  • Delivery mechanism
  • Management plan – for management and maintenance
  • Acceptance of the principle of a privately owned and operated SANG
  • Demonstrating that ongoing management and maintenance would be secured for the life of any new development enabled by the mitigation delivered through the SANG


  • Put together an innovative delivery mechanism to ensure that mitigation is secured for the life of any development supported by the SANG.
  • Pioneered the use of an annual service charge on occupants of the Canford Paddocks scheme to the south of Magna Road, which is being built out by Barratt David Wilson Homes.  Not only will future residents enjoy convenient access to the SANG via a SANK link – a contoured green corridor, but the propensity to use this space.
Canford Park SANG

Project Summary

On behalf of WH White Limited, Chapman Lily Planning secured permission for the change of use of the Riverside golf course at Canford Magna to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace [SANG]. The main purpose of SANG is to divert recreational pressures away from the fragmented Dorset Heaths, a sensitive habitat bestowed international protection. In doing so there is scope to free up headroom for new development without adversely impacting upon the heaths.

  • Date :June 1, 2019
  • Location :Poole