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Playing Fields

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

11. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to secure further provision of playing fields. (151105)

The most recent data from planning applications relating to playing fields show that for two consecutive years more playing fields have been created than lost.

We now have tough measures in place to protect playing fields and planning guidance is clear that no field needed by the community should be removed.

Since 2001, over £1 billion of Lottery and Exchequer funding has been invested in community sports facilities, including playing fields and outdoor all weather pitches. The active places database shows that 93 per cent. of the population is currently within 20 minutes travel time of a playing field.