Planning Permission: Playing Fields

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on planning permission: playing fields, if he will break down the planning applications considered by Sport England by region.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

holding answer 1 February 2008

In addition to my written answers to the hon. Member for Bath on Planning Permission: Playing Fields of 15 January 2008, Hansard, columns 1167-68W and 28 January 2008, Hansard, column 20W, the table shows the total number of planning applications on playing fields on which Sport England were consulted for all years since 2001, broken down by region, and for which we have published data. For each year the table includes the number of planning applications that have been approved, rejected or withdrawn and applications yet to be decided. Many of these applications are from clubs/schools wanting to improve the quality of their sports facilities.

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
East 88 116 144 197
East Midlands 112 140 137 151
London 39 59 59 40
North East 71 74 96 85
North West 145 193 175 72
South East 162 234 237 227
South West 73 83 181 149
West Midlands 161 213 194 199
Yorkshire 134 185 190 151
Total 985 1,297 1,413 1,271

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