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Playing Fields

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 7WS, on playing field statistics, which 40 applications led to a detrimental impact on sport, broken down by local authority. (194462)

97 per cent. (1,176) of 1,216 concluded planning applications affecting playing fields in 2005-06 resulted in improved or protected sports provision. The 40 (3 per cent.) approved planning applications in 2005-06 that were considered by Sport England to be a detriment to sport are listed in the table. None of the 40 cases resulted in the complete loss of a playing field, the detrimental impact on sport included issues such as loss of space around the margins of a field, temporary loss of school playing field space during rebuilding works, or the creation of a new sporting facility which did not meet all of Sport England’s design standards. Sport England maintained an objection to each of these 40 applications that was overruled by the local authority.

Site name

Local authority

Land West of Gardiners Lane South

Basildon

Kings Norton Boys School

Birmingham

Automotive Lighting Factory (former) and Cannock Ind Centre (x 3 planning applications)

Cannock Chase

Liskeard and Looe Rugby Club

Caradon

Neigbourhood Nursery (Beacon Junior and Infants School)

Carrick

Playing Field

Cheltenham

Durham City Football Club

Durham

Former Itec Site

Easington

Pebsham CP School

Hastings

Walpole Highway Primary School

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Clifton Nursery School

Kingston upon Hull

Dryclough C E (C) Infant School (x 2 applications)

Kirklees

Mile Oak Community Centre

Lichfield

Romans Field School

Milton Keynes

Wolverton Park Sports Ground

Milton Keynes

Ashcombe Primary School

North Somerset

Gordano School

North Somerset

Site of Nuneaton Rugby Club/AFC

Nuneaton and Bedworth

Former Old Manor Hospital

Salisbury

Gay Meadow

Shrewsbury and Atcham

Long Stratton High School

South Norfolk

Wincanton Sports Ground

South Somerset

St. Dominies School

South Staffordshire

Parkside Primary School

Stafford

Croft School

Stratford-on-Avon

Stratford Town Football Club

Stratford-on-Avon

Earl Soham Primary School

Suffolk Coastal

Land at Pipers Way

Swindon

Wilnecote Sports Centre

Tamworth

Former Willenhall Radiator Grounds

Walsall

Leighswood School

Walsall

Play Area Rear of High Terrace

Wear Valley

Lowbourne Junior School

West Wiltshire

Goodyear Site

Wolverhampton

Wilden All Saints First School

Wyre Forest

St. Johns C of E First School

Wyre Forest

Stourport High School

Wyre Forest