Policy REC 2: Indoor sport and recreation implementation
- LPS Policy SC 2 'Indoor and outdoor sports facilities' requires all major housing developments to contribute towards indoor sport and recreation facilities where necessary. Developer contributions should be provided where new development will increase the demand for such facilities on the basis set out in the table below and taking account of the assessment of any deficits or surpluses in the provision of sports facilities in the council’s Indoor Built Facilities Strategy.
Indoor sport and recreation implementation
|For the provision of new swimming pools and sports halls
|The Sport England facility calculator model or its subsequent alternative
|Health and fitness including gym stations and studio space or similar appropriate physical activity space
|This will be based on a calculation of the level of additional demand generated by the proposed development (each Health and fitness including gym stations and studio space or similar appropriate physical activity space dwelling equating to 1.61 residents), using the Sport England active people survey data for Cheshire East or equivalent assessment tool.
- Contributions should be directed to the nearest accessible facility to the development. Where there is no leisure centre provision nearby, say in more rural locations, the contribution will be directed to the nearest community facility (for example village hall) that provides recreation activities.
11.6 In order to assist in improving the health and well-being of its residents, the council is looking to make sure that there is a high quality of provision of indoor sport and recreation facilities across Cheshire East. In line with LPS Policy SC 2 'Indoor and outdoor sports facilities', all major housing development that increases the demand for indoor sports facilities will be required to provide a contribution towards them.
11.7 Where development proposals are of a particularly large scale, or where they would involve the loss of existing indoor sports and recreation facilities, a specific sports needs assessment will be required.
11.8 The settlement action plan in the council’s Indoor Built Facilities Strategy provides demand/supply information and recommendations on what additional facilities are required to meet demand. Where appropriate, consideration will be given towards the pooling of contributions, provided a specific leisure or community facility project has been identified.
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