National Planning Policy Framework
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is the new national planning guidance and provides a framework within which communities can produce their own distinctive local and neighbourhood plans. Open spaces, sport and recreation facilities are specifically protected from being built on unless a suitable alternative facility is created. Local Planning Authorities should now plan for sporting success by ensuring that sport and recreation is integral to their Local Plans.
- The NPPF consolidates existing planning guidance and statements into one short document.
- The Government believes this will result in a simpler planning system which encourages sustainable development.
- The NPPF has replaced the Planning Policy Guidance 17 as the national guidance for sport and recreation facilities.
- The NPPF is now live and available from DCLG (see paragraphs 73 – 78).
- Facilities can not be built on unless they are surplus to requirements or a suitable alternative is provided.
- Local planning authorities should determine what facilities are required to meet the needs of local communities.
- Local Green Space Designation can be used to give extra protection to playing fields.
- Local Planning Authorities should implement this new policy to protect facilities from development.
- NGBs should encourage clubs and participants to get involved in planning better facilities for their community – find your Local Planning Authority here.
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