GLA owned playing fields

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your answer Question No: 2013/3704:

"You have pointed out the increased infrastructure and leisure facilities needed for our expanding London population, which you have estimated to be 10 million by about 2030.For that reason, is it your policy to protect all existing publicly-owned playing fields and running tracks under your control in the GLA portfolio? Are you allowing any to be sold for housing?"

Your  response being:

"My London Plan strongly supports development proposals that increase or enhance the provision of sports and recreation facilities and resists proposals that result in a net loss of these facilities, including playing fields (Policy 3.19 on sports facilities). Policy 7.17 on Metropolitan Open Land (many playing fields are often designated as MoL) also gives strong protection to preventing loss of MoL as does Policy 7.18 on Protecting Local Open Space.

The only sport facility owned by the GLA is the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace. The future of the NSC is under review as part of a comprehensive review of the park in conjunction with LB Bromley and others. More can be found here:",

Why are you then selling off the playing fields attached to the Peel Centre for housing development?


Answer for GLA owned playing fields

Answer for GLA owned playing fields

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of surplus land and disposal of the MPS estate at the Peel Centre, Hendon Police Training Academy, a collaborative planning strategy brief was produced jointly between my GLA planning and housing officers, the London Borough of Barnet and the MPS. This provides both London Plan policy and guidance, as well as local Barnet Core Strategy and Colindale Area Action Plan policy steers on future development intentions for the site. The planning brief clearly sets out the policy and mixed use development objectives which includes housing, open space, playing and leisure facilities, as well as new local parks in a growing changing area. This approach reflects closely the statutory planning policy position of the 2010 Colindale Area Action Plan (AAP), adopted by Barnet Council. The AAP anticipates significant new housing and open space and leisure facilities on the Peel Centre site. The recent sale to a major house builder will require them to submit future plans and a formal planning application that complies with my London Plan, Barnet Core Strategy, Colindale AAP and recently issued planning parameters brief, including the provision of significant open space.