Planning applications affecting other sports facilities

The protection of existing sports facilities and access to natural resources used for sport is vital for its continued development

It's also important for the overall quality of life and protection of the environment. However, as sport is a relatively low value land use, sports facilities are often under pressure from other forms of development.

Protecting sports facilities

Our 'protect' planning objective seeks to prevent the loss of sports facilities and land along with access to natural resources used for sport.

When assessing planning applications affecting existing sporting provision we are guided by:

Alongside our planning aims and objectives, paragraph 97 of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework states that:

Existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land, including playing fields, should not be built on unless:

  • an assessment has been undertaken which has clearly shown the open space, buildings or land to be surplus to requirements
  • The loss resulting from the proposed development would be replaced by equivalent or better provision in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location
  • The development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the needs for which clearly outweigh the loss.

We are also likely to take into account:

Depending on the nature of the application, we will also seek specific comments from the relevant sports national governing bodies.