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Facilities and planning

We give advice and support to help ensure everyone has access to high-quality facilities. We're also a statutory consultee on planning applications affecting playing field land.

Planning for sport

The planning system plays a vital role in shaping the built and natural environments that can play such a big part in helping people to get active.

This section includes guidance on planning applications that impact on sporting provision, details our playing fields policy, and delves into the 12 planning for sport principles.

Planning for sport

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Design and cost guidance

There's a lot to consider when you're developing a sports facility, no matter its size or purpose. So we've compiled guidance on everything from artificial lighting and outdoor surfaces, to sports halls and swimming pools.

You can look through design concepts, understand some of the technical issues, and get a grip of the key things you need to consider.

Design and cost guidance

Community Assets and Rights

Community rights offer you the chance to protect and control important community facilities that you may otherwise be at risk of losing.

This section offers advice and support for anyone thinking about a community asset transfer within a sports context.

Community Assets and Rights

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Sustainability

A typical sports club spends around 30% of its running costs on energy, and about £10,000 each year on electricity alone.

We've put together some practical support on how you can embrace sustainability to drive down running costs, along with advice on dealing with droughts and flood guidance.

Sustainability

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