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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


Kings Norton Boys School


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

Cannock Chase

Liskeard and Looe Rugby Club


Neigbourhood Nursery (Beacon Junior and Infants School)


Playing Field


Durham City Football Club


Former Itec Site


Pebsham CP School


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)


Mile Oak Community Centre


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


Gay Meadow

Shrewsbury and Atcham

Long Stratton High School

South Norfolk

Wincanton Sports Ground

South Somerset

St. Dominies School

South Staffordshire

Parkside Primary School


Croft School


Stratford Town Football Club


Earl Soham Primary School

Suffolk Coastal

Land at Pipers Way


Wilnecote Sports Centre


Former Willenhall Radiator Grounds


Leighswood School


Play Area Rear of High Terrace

Wear Valley

Lowbourne Junior School

West Wiltshire

Goodyear Site


Wilden All Saints First School

Wyre Forest

St. Johns C of E First School

Wyre Forest

Stourport High School

Wyre Forest