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Open Spaces Strategy

13.5 Quantity Provision Standard

Representation ID: 1216

Received: 21/10/2015

Respondent: Sport England

Representation Summary:

It is Sport England's view that the Open Space Strategy - does not constitute a robust quantitative and qualitative assessment of the need for sport and recreation facilities, Notwithstanding the above Sport England understands that plans may be developing to undertake a Playing Pitch Strategy we would strongly support the development of such a strategy to address this issue.

Full text:

Sport England does not object to the Council reviewing its policies in relation to Open, Space, Sport and Recreation. Sport England supports the Council's intention to meet the requirements of paragraph 73 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

However, Paragraph 73 of the NPPF requires a different approach to determining need for sport and recreation compared to that included in the former PPG17 and its associated documents. The NPPF paragraph 73 requires Local Authorities to assess needs and quantitative or qualitative deficits or surpluses of sports and recreational facilities in the local area. Information gained from the assessment should be used to determine what open space, sports and recreation provision is required. For assessing the need for sport and recreation, the Government has advocated the use of Sport England's Playing Pitch Strategy Guidance and Assessing Needs and Opportunities Guidance, it does not advocate the use of the deleted Assessing Needs and Opportunities Companion Guide attached to PPG17 which uses the 'standards' approach.

Para 70 requires authorities to plan positively, without an appropriate assessment of what the existing and understanding the future needs it difficult to ensure that the right facilities are in the right place.

See the Governments website
http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/open-space-sports-and-recreation-facilities-public-rights-of-way-and-local-green-space/open-space-sports-and-recreation-facilities/

The study promotes the use of the Fields in Trust standard this is not considered to be appropriate having regard to NPPF. WE raised issues around the lack of a robust evidence in the local plan consultation 2013 and our comes on the first draft April 2015

It is Sport England's view that the Open Space Strategy - does not constitute a robust quantitative and qualitative assessment of the need for sport and recreation facilities, Notwithstanding the above Sport England understands that plans may be developing to undertake a Playing Pitch Strategy we would strongly support the development of such a strategy to address this issue.

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