Frequently asked questions
How does it work?The FPM shares many of the same attributes as other spatial planning models, such as retail modelling. Read more
In order to estimate the level of sports facility provision in an area, the FPM compares the number of facilities (supply), by the demand for that facility that the local population will produce.
The FPM then puts these two elements together to show how much demand is met and not met, and how much supply is used and not used, while also considering how far people are prepared to travel to a facility.
What data does it use?The model uses census information at output area level to help establish the profile of the population, including, age, gender, and Index of Multiple Deprivation scores. These are all used in the model to estimate the demand for sports facilities. Read more
The FPM also uses the information on the road network (Integrated Transport Network) to estimate how people are prepared to travel. This is essential in helping to understand whether the current supply of sports facilities are in the right place to meet the potential demand.
An important feature of the Model is that it’s prescriptive and not predictive in that it does not provide precise estimates of the use of proposed facilities. Instead, it prescribes an appropriate level of provision for any defined area in relation to demand – this reflects national expectations and policies. The actual usage of a facility will be determined by a range of factors including management and promotional policies, programming and the quality or attractiveness of the facility concerned.
Because the demand parameters are based on achieved levels of participation, we believe this level of provision represents good practice rather than some unattainable ideal. This is because the levels of use/demand/throughput visits are what could be produced based on what has been observed at existing facilities. This makes the broad estimates of potential throughput generated by the FPM potentially useful when considering policy options.
How is the FPM delivered?We recognise that FPM national and local run reports can form an important part of the sports facility evidence base for a local authority (e.g. feeding into built facility and playing pitch strategies). While the demand for FPM reports from local partners continues to grow, it's proved increasingly difficult to meet this with our limited resources. Read more
For this reason, professional services firm WYG has been appointed to help us deliver the national and local FPM reports to local partners.
Where resources allow, we’ll continue to prepare national run reports free of charge. However, when this isn’t possible, local partners will be able to access the national run reports on a chargeable basis through WYG.
If your authority is looking to access the national FPM run reports, please be aware that there may be a charge if the work cannot be resourced by us. We recommend that local authority partners contact their local Sport England Facilities and Planning Team to discuss any FPM requirements they have. Please note that local bespoke FPM reports remain a chargeable service.
How can I contact you?We advise on the development of planning policy and the planning process where it: Read more
- Affects sport and active recreation
- Contributes to the development of policy guidance
- Advises local planning authorities on matters affecting sport and active recreation in development plans, and where related documents advise on the development of assessments of need and strategies for sporting provision
- Advises local planning authorities on consultations on planning applications affecting sport and active recreation
- Advises sports bodies on planning issues.
Planning consultations and any correspondence relating to a consultation should be sent direct to our Planning Administration Team using one of the following email addresses:
- North (North West, North East, Yorkshire)
- Central (West Midlands, East Midlands, East)
- South (London, South East, South West)
- General enquiries