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Planning Permission for Sports Facilities

Every new sports pitch, track, or MUGA will require planning permission before being built. The planning process from presentation to decision usually takes between eight to twelve weeks and there is a volume of information required prior to an application being submitted.

Applicants must show that the facility being planned either enhances existing facilities by improving their quality (for example, a grass football pitch upgraded to a 3G pitch that could be used more days per year), or provides a new facility that is fit to meet the demand for increased future participation.

CAD drawing of proposed sand-dressed MUGA for John Spendluffe Technology College England Hockey attend opening of Blakedown's sand-dressed pitch at North Oxfordshire Academy Johann Cruyff, Robin van Persie, and Dennis Bergkamp attend opening ceremony of Blakedown's Cruyff Foundation 3G pitch at Elthorne Park, Islington An astroturf hockey pitch built by Blakedown Sport & Play A sign showing Blakedown as the contractor for the newly completed 3G pitch at Hartpury College Blakedown begin work on the astroturf pitch at Monkton Combe School in Bath Blakedown's Third Generation rugby and football pitch at Penryn RFC Multi-use games area design drawing Blakedown's astroturf tennis courts at Parc y Werin A 3G pitch with 10m high fencing and 14m high floodlights A completed running track built by Blakedown Our international hockey pitch at Magdalen College Oxford

A planning detail showing a full-sized artificial turf football pitch with floodlighting

Our Services | Planning

Sport England are consulted on any planning application affecting playing field land. As one of only six Sport England approved contractors for the construction of synthetic sports facilities, Blakedown Sport & Play have the knowledge and expertise to advise on all aspects of the planning process and on Sport England's own planning policy.

As well as providing planning advice ourselves, we can also put clients in touch with an independent consultant for information about facilities planning in their local area.

Factors to Consider

Making a clear statement of objectives
Sport England and planning officers will want to see a clear vision of why the facility is being built and how it will benefit its users.
Sustainability and Legacy
The National Planning Policy Framework stipulates that the role of sport is to develop healthy and sustainable community living. Applicants should consider the long-term impact that the sports facility will have on improving the health and well-being of potential stakeholders.
Preparing an application
Planning permission is a legal process and so comes with stipulations, conditions, and deadlines. Securing the help of an experienced contractor such as Blakedown, or a designated planning consultant, is advantageous.
Environmental impact
The environmental impact of a sports facility is a factor that must be considered when planning. Can the floodlights be solar-powered? Will the light-spill affect the surrounding neighbourhood? Must the drainage system be specially equipped to handle flooding? Can recycled materials be used? Planning officers will like to see that 'green' solutions have been introduced to the build.
Christine Ohuruogu opens Blakedown's Compact Athletics Track at Stoke Newington School in London Blakedown's 3G rugby pitch at Tunbridge Wells School in Kent

Please feel free to contact us if you are planning a new sports facility and would like advice from one of the UK's leading synthetic surface specialists.

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