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Playing Field Sales

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a statement of the (a) criteria applied and (b) circumstances surrounding the playing fields which have been sold since May 1997, and those in relation to which sale was prevented. [100329]

Sport England is a statutory consultee on all planning applications which affect playing fields. I am arranging to place in the Libraries of both Houses, an annex which summarises the legislative measures and criteria applied to proposals to dispose of school playing fields and to planning applications affecting playing fields since 1997.The collation centrally of information detailing the circumstances surrounding both playing fields sold and those for which sale was prevented would incur disproportionate costs.