Major developments

Guidance for planning applications for major developments such as 300+ homes

The occupiers of any new development, especially residential, will generate additional demand for sporting provision. The existing provision within an area may not be able to accommodate this increased demand without exacerbating existing and/or predicted future deficiencies. Therefore, we consider that new developments should be required to contribute towards meeting the demand they generate through the provision of on-site facilities and/or providing additional capacity off-site.

Master planning

In addition, the master planning and design of major housing and mixed use developments is vital to ensuring environments that provide opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity, thereby enabling them to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

When assessing planning applications for major residential development we are guided by:

  • Its planning for sport aims and objectives 
  • Its development management guide 
  • Its Active Design guidance (see below)
  • The relevant government guidance (e.g. National Planning Policy Framework in particular paragraphs 17, 58, 70, 73 and 171);
  • Any robust and up-to-date evidence base for sport that is in place within the local area (e.g. Playing Pitch and/or Sports Facility Strategy or wider open space strategies and resulting infrastructure requirements)

We are also likely to take into account:

The following links provide guidance and tools to assist in the preparation and assessment of applications for major developments, especially residential:

The SFC can help to estimate the amount of additional demand for key community sports facilities that is likely to be generated by a given population increase.

Guidance, developed in partnership with Public Health England, which provides an innovative set of design guidelines to promote opportunities for sport and physical activity in the design and layout of development.

Use of planning obligations

The Government has introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  This allows local authorities to set financial charges which developers must pay in order to contribute to new infrastructure when they bring forward new development. The introduction of the CIL will lead to restrictions in the use of planning obligations secured by way of Section 106 agreements.  From April 2015 the local use of pooling obligations (via s106s) from a number of individual developments towards specific infrastructure will be restricted.