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Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications to change the use of school playing fields his Department has received in the last 12 months; how many such applications have received consent; and whether such applications are considered by the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel.

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David Laws (The Minister for Schools, The Minister of State, Cabinet Office; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat)

Since 1 February 2012, schools and local authorities—including local authorities holding land for academies—have been required to seek permission from the Secretary of State for Education for all proposals to change the use of school playing fields.

In the last 12 months there have been 14 applications for consent to change of use, of which six have been approved and eight are currently under consideration.

Applications for consent for change of use where the land will remain within the education estate are not considered by the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel.

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