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Sports Club Planning Application Guide

About the Sports Club Planning Application Guide

We know that poor quality facilities are a significant barrier to increasing participation in sport at a grassroots level.

Unfortunately, all too often the planning system is viewed as an obstacle as opposed to a means of securing the best possible outcome, and when approached incorrectly can result in frustration, financial loss and damaged relationships.

To help combat this, together with the help of the Planning Officers Society and a working group that included the FA, the RFU, the ECB and British Tennis, we’ve produced a guide for sports clubs on making a planning application.

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The downloadable guidance includes practical advice that will help clubs across the country prepare their case and application in order to maximise their chances of success. It also has step-by-step guidance on the five stages of applying for, and securing, planning permission.

This guide is relevant to you if your club is thinking of doing one or more of the following:

  • Replacing on enhancing existing sports facilities
  • Building new sports facilities
  • Relocating to a new site
  • Holding a temporary or permanent sports event.


    If community sports clubs want to attract and retain participants, they need to be able to offer high quality facilities to all their customers. That’s why it’s vital that we do all we can to help them navigate the planning system.

    Charles Johnston

    Director of property

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