Like other local authorities, Newcastle City Council (NCC) is under significant pressure to provide additional housing. With this comes population growth and demand for additional provision. NCC is committed to providing a network of high quality, sustainable playing pitches for residents based on robust analysis of supply and demand. Following our successful completion of the City’s PPS, we are working with the City to ensure that new housing development is accompanied by the appropriate level of new or improved playing pitch provision.
To ensure that the contributions sought are fair, they must be assessed using statutory tests related to Section 106 planning obligations:
To ensure that these tests are met, the impact of new development on playing pitch provision is measured and related contributions are then determined according to this impact. Underpinning this is the calculation of the number of teams generated through population growth due to new housing and (based upon team generation rates) the number of pitches required to cater for this increase. This leans upon the physical dimensions and quality/capacity metrics provided by national governing bodies of sport (NGBs).
KKP has created a template for each NCC analysis area, setting out a more specific, locally defined hierarchy of parameters relating to:
Where new developments are assessed against this any required to provide over two hectares of playing field will normally be expected to provide new pitches/ facilities rather than upgrading an existing venue. In addition, Sport England and NGBs must be consulted to ensure that developments and improvements are in line with their strategic priorities.
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