planning tool to help local authorities get the best deal for sport from
new developments. The 'Planning Contributions Kitbag' is a comprehensive
online resource giving local authorities useful information, short cuts
Developed in-house, the kitbag supplements Sport England's 2001 Good
Practice Guide 'Providing for Sport and Recreation through New Housing
Development'. It has been developed in the context of Government advice on
sport and recreation in Planning Policy Guidance Note 17 and provides
strategic tools to help local authorities meet local needs and maximise
the potential benefits to sport from new developments.--
Ian Fytche, director of strategy and performance, said: 'Planning
contributions can cover all types and scales of development from
individual applications, where the priority is to retain and improve
existing facilities, to larger strategic development sites, where new
residents will create additional demand for sport and recreation. By
helping local authorities exploit this potential, we believe that the
kitbag can help the planning system deliver a better deal for sport.'
The kitbag contains three sections which include:
1) Tools to facilitate the assessment of local sport and recreation
needs and the level of facility provision, including an innovative sports
2) Comprehensive information on 'making it happen' - setting out the
policy framework as well as providing templates, model agreements,
costings and technical design details.
3) Best practice examples of what can be achieved for sport through the
Roger Draper, chief executive of Sport England, said: 'Sport and
recreation play an important part in all communities, and it is essential
that the planning system takes both current and future needs into account.
High-quality facilities in the right location are vital if we are to
achieve our aim of making England an active and successful sporting
'However, in the past, sport and recreation has too often been included in
new developments almost as an afterthought, perhaps limited to small
amounts of open space or a children's play area, or at worst left out
altogether. We are determined to ensure that this is no longer the case
with the planning system instead helping to leverage significant new
investment into sport and providing increased opportunities for the local
community to get active.'
1. The 2002 Review of Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for
Open Sport, Sport and Recreation and Open Space reiterated the
government's view that it is legitimate for local authorities to use
planning obligations both to help meet additional demand created by new
proposals and also to help remedy local deficiencies in quality or
quantity of opening space, sports and recreational provision.
2. The Kitbag is based around securing sports facilities through the
new housing developments, although similar principles can be applied to
other types of development such as employment, retail and commercial.
Examples of these types of schemes will be added in due course.
3. The 'Planning Contributions Kitbag' is available here.
Sport England is the strategic lead for sport in England and invests both
National Lottery and Exchequer funding into sport.