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MP supports revised wording of amendment to protect playing fields

27th September 2011
MP supports revised wording of amendment to protect playing fields

Gordon Henderson is supporting the revised wording to an amendment proposed in the National Planning Policy Framework, which will protect playing fields within his constituency.

The National Planning Policy Framework is being created as part of the government’s planning reforms to make the current planning system less complex, more accessible and to promote sustainable growth.

The current wording of the amendment 129 would leave the nation’s playing field vulnerable to development when they should be used for community sport and local activities.

Rehman Chishti, MP for Rainham and Gillingham, has written to Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, on behalf of a number of MPs requesting for the wording of the amendment to become:

129. Existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land, including playing fields, should not be built on unless:

• an assessment has been undertaken which clearly shows there to be surplus to requirements; or
• the loss as a result of the proposed development would be replaced by equivalent or better provision, in terms of quantity and quality in a suitable location; or
• the need for the alternative open space, sports and recreation development clearly outweighs the loss.

Mr Henderson said,

““There are relatively few playing fields in Sittingbourne and Sheppey and those we have must be preserved for use by both children and adults, which is why I fully support the revised wording to amendment 129.

”I am keen to encourage my constituents to use the playing fields we have in the area as much as possible, in particular, for sporting activities as they will only have a long term future if they are fully utilised.”

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