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PLAYING FIELD SALES CONTINUE DESPITE GOVERNMENT PROMISES

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Hundreds of playing fields are being sold for housing and supermarket sites despite government promises to halt the...
Hundreds of playing fields are being sold for housing and supermarket sites despite government promises to halt the sale of green spaces, according to the Express (p9).

Schools and local authorities sell the land to finance other projects and more than 740 fields and recreations grounds are currently under threat, according to the National Playing Fields Association. Most approvals are for housing or retail. Of 140 applications that have gone to ministers for approval, 82 have been decided and all but two have won approval for development.

Elsa Davies, director of the National Playing Fields Association, said prime inner city sites could be worth up to£3m for four hectares, falling to about£3m in less built-up areas. She said: 'One can see where the temptation lies. But communities need green spaces so that children can go out to play. If you take away people's recreation areas their whole quality of life changes.'
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