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DRIVE TO DELIVER A BETTER DEAL FOR SPORT

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Sport England today announced the launch of a new online strategic ...
Sport England today announced the launch of a new online strategic

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

and practical tools to help them to secure new and improved sport and

recreation facilities.

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

facility calculator.

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

planning system.

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

nation.

'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.'

Notes

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.

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