London playing fields

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As the strategic planning authority, is your view that London's playing fields and running tracks must all be protected from development, without your own overwhelming reasons otherwise - and that such reasons must go beyond mere London borough analysis about very localised alternatives?


Answer for London playing fields

Answer for London playing fields

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Plan policies support proposals to enhance or increase the provision of existing sports and recreation facilities and resist net loss. Multi-use public facilities are encouraged wherever possible. Where social infrastructure facilities are no longer needed they should be considered for other forms of social infrastructure before alternative developments are considered.

Boroughs are required to assess the need for facilities in line with national policy. This should be done on a local and sub-regional basis, taking account of the availability of facilities beyond borough boundaries. Together with Sport England, I am providing funding to support boroughs undertake these studies.