Playing fields whether owned by public, private or
voluntary organisations are of special significance for their
recreational, amenity and open space value.
The Council recognises that it is
important to have sufficient playing fields to cater for existing
demand and increased participation.
Playing fields can be vulnerable
to development pressures and once lost are extremely difficult and
expensive to replace.
The loss of such facilities could
have an adverse effect on participation in sport and create further
areas of deficiency.
The Council will resist
development involving the reduction or loss of existing playing
fields, including those within educational establishments, unless
the proposal is for minor development ancillary to the use of the
site as a playing field, such as changing rooms or car parking, or
a replacement playing field or fields of equivalent or better
quantity and quality can be provided in a suitable location
accessible to current and potential users.
The Council will encourage the
provision and enhancement of playing fields and sports pitches
where the proposals are compatible with other policies in the Local
For enquiries regarding the
condition of a pitch maintained by the Council contact Grounds
Maintenance and Bereavement Services.
For enquiries regarding new
proposals contact Development Control.
Grounds Maintenance and
Telephone: (01902) 696406
Fax: (01902) 846553