Co-ordinated action is being taken by the relevant government departments to prevent development of school playing fields. Where these are owned by local planning or education authorities, notification is required to the secretary of state if the Sports Council objects and the authority wishes to approve development. New legislation is to require all maintained schools to seek consent for the sale of playing fields, possibly by an amendment to the current School Standards bill. Education authorities have been warned off selling land before the measure is enacted.
The message is clear, and any such schemes - probably even those from independent schools - are in for a rough ride.
Brian Waters is principal of The Boisot Waters Cohen Partnership, tel: 0171 828 6555
1 Annual Report & Accounts for year ended 31 March 1997 (HC481) and Statistical Report 1996/97 from The Stationery Office.
2 Practical Planning by Brian Waters, AJ 12.2.98 page 56.
3 Progress on Adoption of Area Wide Local Plans and udps (detr January 1998. Tel: 0181 691 9191).
4 Modernising Planning - Improving Arrangements for the Delivery of Local Plans and udps. Comments by 1 June. (detr March 1998. Tel: 0181 691 9191).
5 Planning in London on subscription from 0171 834 9471.