Protected playing fields

School playing field land is protected under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998

For the purpose of Section 77 playing fields includes grass, pitches, tarmac playgrounds, games courts and areas used for social and recreational use.

Any proposal to change the use of or dispose of land classed as playing field requires an application to the Secretary of State. This includes building on playing fields.

Please contact  for further guidance.

Page last reviewed: 10 December 2021