Playing Fields and Derelict Land

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th October 1996.

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Photo of Mr Robert Jones Mr Robert Jones , Hertfordshire West 12:00 am, 15th October 1996

We want to make the best use of derelict sites for housing and other development. We also want to protect playing fields because of their vital contribution to health and to the quality of life. Our planning policies are designed to do both those things. Since August, any proposal to develop on a playing field must be referred to the Sports Council for England, as statutory consultee, to ensure that local planning authorities are aware of any deficiency in playing field provision before making any decisions.