Playing Fields - contact Sport England

Playing Fields - contact Sport England

Submitted by mpsadmin on Sun, 19/06/2016 - 12:34
Playing Fields

In order to stop the playing field being used for new housing we are asking all members to contact Sport England (https://www.sportengland.org/contact-us/) who may be able to block the Council from changing the use of the playing field to housing.

Sport England and their role in protecting playing field land:- https://www.sportengland.org/facilities-planning/planning-for-sport/development-management/planning-applications/playing-field-land/

Taken from their site:-

Protecting Playing Fields

Playing fields are one of the most important resources for sport in England. They provide the valuable space required to maintain and enhance opportunities for people to participate both in formal team sports and in other more informal activities. Along with sporting benefits, good quality, accessible playing fields also contribute to maintaining active and healthy communities and securing wider reaching benefits.

Planning applications affecting playing field land

Since 1996 we have been a statutory consultee on all planning applications for development affecting playing field land. This requires local planning authorities to consult us when a relevant planning application is received. Our comments should then be taking into account prior to them making any decision whether or not to grant planning permission. This requirement is set out by the Government in Statutory Instrument 2015/595 and their Planning Practice Guidance.

Depending on the nature of the application we will inform the relevant sports national governing bodies of the proposals and seek their comments prior to submitting a response to the local planning authority.

It is our policy to oppose any planning application which will result in the loss of playing field land unless it is satisfied that the application meets with one or more of five specific exceptions. The gist of these exceptions is incorporated within paragraph 74 of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Our Playing Fields Policy is set out in our ‘Planning Policy Statement – A Sporting Future for the Playing Fields of England’. Links to this document, an information requirements checklist and key questions we would be likely to ask when considering an application against any of the five exceptions, are provided below.

Links are also provided to a technical briefing note setting out how the quality of pitches should be assessed when assessing any proposed replacement provision against Exception 4, and to a document detailing responses to some frequently asked questions regarding our role and policy.