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With the summer over Developers are seeking to bring forward sites for development

With the summer over Developers are seeking to bring forward sites for development . . . . naa’s track record in delivering robust Sports Needs Assessments (SNA)  and success in helping to secure planning permissions has seen recent commissions from Peel Holdings, Wulvern Homes, William Davies Limited and Community Power to provide SNAs.

 

Thank you for forwarding the Sports Needs Assessment for comment. Can I firstly thank Neil Allen for providing a very thorough and easy to read assessment.  I have no issues to raise or comments/queries on the content . . . . the Assessment clearly shows the indoor sports facilities proposed meet a strategic need and have sporting benefits that outweigh the loss of 1.4ha of playing field.  This meets paragraph 74(iii) of NPPF and Sport England’s exception to policy E5.
Fiona Pudge, Sport England Planning Manger.

The leisure needs report has been carried out by Neil Allen Associates, who are consultants on Sport England’s quality assurance framework for undertaking such research. The report is very thorough and includes a full literature review of available sport and leisure strategies, an assessment of the health and market for golf and interviews with local representatives from governing body, England Golf. The conclusions are fair in that there is no need to retain the course for golf and indeed this is not a priority location for the governing body in planning to develop its sport. On this basis we are satisfied that the evidence has been presented to demonstrate that the facility is surplus to requirements for golf, paragraph 74, first bullet point of the NPPF.
Helen Ledger, Principal Planning Manager Sport England.

I have considered the needs assessment prepared by Neil Allen Associates in support of the planning application and am of the view that it provides a comprehensive needs assessment of equestrian facilities in response to advice provided at pre-application stage and would accord with our Assessing Needs and Opportunities guidance where applicable.  The collective view of the BEF and their member bodies is that while loss of centre is of concern and disappointing due to its historic role in meeting the needs of equestrian sports, they reluctantly accept that the needs assessment has shown that the centre is no longer viable and there are adequate alternative centres that could meet the needs catered for.  Furthermore, they consider that it would be hard to argue against the content or conclusions of the needs assessment.  While the governing bodies are saddened at the loss of the centre, they do not consider that a robust case can be made to viably retain the site as an equestrian centre.  Consequently, the BEF and their member bodies reluctantly do not object to the planning application. While the governing bodies are saddened at the loss of the centre, they do not consider that a robust case can be made to viably retain the site as an equestrian centre.  Consequently, the BEF and their member bodies reluctantly do not object to the planning application.
Roy Warren, Planning Manager, Sport England.

 

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