demolished under proposed new regulations unveiled by planning
minister Nick Raynsford. The new proposals would safeguard local
'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
Tel: 0870 1226 236
Fax: 0870 1226 237
Or on the DETR website.