Supplementary memorandum by The Central
Council of Physical Recreation (PPG 14(a))
INQUIRY INTO DRAFT PPG17
I thought it might be helpful to drop a quick
note expressing the CCPR's support for the appeal from Trevor
Brooking for mini-playing fields (2,000 square metres) to be covered
by Sport England Statutory Consultation.
As Trevor pointed out, this would at least provide
some protection to the mini-pitches which form the basis of the
Football Association's junior development plans. This is particularly
important at a time when the new Football Foundation is investing
record sums in junior football.
In addition, this change from 4,000 square metres
would bring Sport England and the DTLR in line with the Department
for Education and Skills which classifies school playing fields
at 2,000 square metres. This would facilitate the production of
co-ordinated figures on playing fields, something that the DCMS
Monitoring Group has found to be a particular problem.
Any encouragement the Committee is able to offer
the Planning Minister to alter the size of Sport England Statutory
Consultations would be greatly appreciated.