HC Deb 02 February 2004 vol 417 c635W
16. Jane Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the sale of playing fields. [151938]

Mr. Caborn

Planning guidance ensures that local authorities must fully consider the sporting needs of communities in decisions involving playing fields.

But community need may better be addressed by developing other forms of sports facility. Planning applications involving playing fields in 2001–02 produced 447 new or refurbished sports facilities worth £274 million.

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