As set out in Statutory Instrument 2015/595, local planning authorities are required to consult us on any planning application for development affecting playing field land.
The government, within its Planning Practice Guidance, also recommends that these authorities consult us on a number of other types of planning applications. These include applications which would lead to the creation or loss of major sports facilities, major residential development (e.g. 300+ dwellings) and development which creates opportuities for sport (such as minerals proposals where sport may be an after use).
The following links provide further information on our engagement with, and assessment of, planning applications for development that:
- Affects playing field land
- Affects other existing sporting provision
- Proposes new or enhanced sporting provision
- Proposes major residential development.
We have a network of qualified town planners who carry out this role across the country.
The information provided in the above links should help applicants and others understand our role in commenting on relevant planning applications. It also explains the information required to enable us to provide a substantive response to local planning authorities.
Aims and objectives and the 12 Planning-for-Sport Principles
We assess applications against our planning aims, objectives and 12 planning-for-sport principles - which can be found in our Planning for Sport Guidance.
It is our view that to ensure informed decisions can be made on the range of planning applications listed above, local authorities should have robust and up-to-date assessment of need and related strategies/plans in place for sport facilities (e.g. a playing pitch strategy and/or sports facility strategy).
Such assessments of need are required by paragraph 97 of the NPPF. Therefore, when assessing the vast majority of planning applications we will also consider how the proposed development fits with any assessment of need and related strategy/plan for the local area.