Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Weston-super-Mare Land to the west of Winterstoke Road* [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 8126849//2
Respondent Sport England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 18 Apr 2016
Comment
  • Specific Comments Sport England supports the protection of sport and recreation including playing pitches:

 

 

  • Pg45 – Land to the west of Winterstoke Road

 

Sport England acknowledges that the NPPF is promoting “sustainable development” to avoid delays in the planning process (linked to economic growth).  Thatsaid, the NPPF also says that for open space, sport & recreation land & buildings (including playing fields) paragraph 74:

Paragraph 74. 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; or
  • ● 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; or
  • ● the development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the needs for which clearly outweigh the loss.

Sport England’s policy is to oppose the granting of planning permission for any development which would lead to the loss of, or prejudice the use of, all/part of a playing field, unless one or more of the five exceptions stated in its policy apply www.sportengland.org/playingfieldspolicy

E1

“A carefully quantified and documented assessment of current and future needs has demonstrated to the satisfaction of Sport England that there is an excess of playing field provision in the catchment, and the site has no special significance to the interests of sport.”

E2

“The proposed development is ancillary to the principal use of the site as a playing field or playing fields, and does not affect the quantity or quality of pitches or adversely affect their use.”

E3

“The proposed development affects only land incapable of forming, or forming part of, a playing pitch, and does not result in the loss of, or inability to make use of any playing pitch (including the maintenance of adequate safety margins), a reduction in the size of the playing area of any playing pitch or the loss of any other sporting/ancillary facility on the site.”

E4

“The playing field or playing fields which would be lost as a result of the proposed development would be replaced by a playing field or playing fields of an equivalent or better quality and of equivalent or greater quantity, in a suitable location and subject to equivalent or better management arrangements, prior to the commencement of the development.”

E5

“The proposed development is for an indoor or outdoor sports facility, the provision of which would be of sufficient benefit to the development of sport as to outweigh the detriment caused by the loss of the playing field or playing fields.”

We would expect the sites at Land to the west of Winterstoke Road, Former Bournville School site, Sellworthy Road and Moor Road, Yatton to meet one of the five exceptions above but in particular E4 - “The playing field or playing fields which would be lost as a result of the proposed development would be replaced by a playing field or playing fields of an equivalent or better quality and of equivalent or greater quantity, in a suitable location and subject to equivalent or better management arrangements, prior to the commencement of the development.”

I trust you will give the matters we have raised your fullest consideration. We look forward to hearing from you further with regard to our concerns.

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