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PROPOSED SUBMISSION LOCAL PLAN 2006-2028 - Aug 12

Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

Existing Outdoor Sports, Play and Youth Provision

11.26 Existing outdoor sports, play and youth provision will be protected from inappropriate future development which would result in the loss of these facilities. This includes:

  • LAPs - Local Areas for Play;
  • LEAPs - Locally Equipped Areas for Play;
  • NEAPs - Neighbourhood Equipped Areas for Play;
  • MUGAs - Multi Use Games Areas;
  • 'Destination playgrounds';
  • Youth facilities, including skate parks, hard surfaced courts, areas for ball play (including multi use games areas – MUGAs, rebound walls, basketball courts), skate parks, BMX tracks and youth shelters

11.27 There may however be instances, where there is a proven oversupply of equipped play areas and youth facilities, or where they are not appropriately located. In this instance it may be desirable to remove the facilities and not relocate them.

11.28 NPPF para 74[1] provides a wider context for the Policy HW3 below and includes playing fields and recreational buildings.

Policy HW3: Protection of Play Spaces and Youth Provision

Development which would result in the loss of equipped play areas and youth facilities will only be permitted where;

  • There is a partial development of a site and the remaining site will be retained at its current provision and improved;
  • Alternative provision of equivalent community benefit of a similar nature which is accessible and made available locally within the same catchment;
  • There is a proven oversupply of equipped play areas and youth facilities, or they are not appropriately located.
 
Delivery

11.29 It is anticipated that the forthcoming Green Infrastructure Strategy is relevant and will contribute to the protection and enhancement of play spaces and youth facilities and therefore support delivery of the policy objectives.

11.30 The following delivery bodies will be key in implementing Policy HW3:

  • South Somerset District Council;
  • Developers and Landowners.
 
Monitoring Indicators Target
Retention of existing outdoor sports, play and youth provision through development management process and S106 agreement Retention of existing outdoor sports, play and youth provision (unless mitigating circumstances identified in accord with para 74 of NPPF March 2012)
1. NPPF March 2012 Para 74 [back]