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Planning permission would be needed before sports buildings could be ...
Planning permission would be needed before sports buildings could be

demolished under proposed new regulations unveiled by planning

minister Nick Raynsford. The new proposals would safeguard local

sports facilities.

In answer to a parliamentary question Mr Raynsford said:

'My department has issued a consultation paper inviting views

on whether to introduce controls over the demolition of sports

buildings. The paper proposes that a planning application should in

future be required for the demolition of buildings used for sporting

purposes and for essential ancillary purposes, where no planning

permission exists for the redevelopment of the site.

'The proposals issued today are designed to safeguard local sports

facilities. This small but important measure further underlines the

government's commitment to creating sporting opportunities for

everyone, as set out in our sports strategy 'A Sporting Future for

All', which was issued jointly by the department for culture, media

and sport and the department for education and employment in April


'The consultation paper is being sent to a wide range of planning and

sports bodies. Comments are requested by 27 October 2000.'


DETR Circular 10/95 'Planning controls over

demolition' gives guidance on planning controls over the total

demolition of certain buildings. This provides that, in most cases,

planning permission is not required for the demolition of buildings

used for sporting premises. 'A Sporting Future for All' was published

jointly by the DCMS and the DfEE in April 2000. Copies are

available on the DCMS website.

In the Thames Ditton case, the landowner opposed the renewal of the

tenancy to the Tennis Club with the aim of repossessing the site and

redeveloping for residential purposes. The landowner claimed an

entitlement to gain possession under the terms of the Landlord and

Tenant Act 1954 because demolition of the sports facilities did not

require planning permission. The case eventually went to the court of

appeal which took the view that the digging up of the tennis courts

constituted development requiring planning permission. However, the

case highlighted that the demolition of most buildings used for

sporting purposes could be demolished without planning permission.

This could lead to the loss of important sports facilities, without

the local planning authority having the opportunity to consider the


Further copies of the consultation paper can be obtained from:

DETR Free Literature

PO Box 236


West Yorkshire

LS23 7NB

Tel: 0870 1226 236

Fax: 0870 1226 237

Or on the DETR website.

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