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Playing Pitch Strategy consultation

This consultation has now closed.

The findings from the consultation will help us to analyse and prioritise the sport, area and site specific proposals and we help us to finalise the draft Playing Pitch Strategy for Barnet. The updated draft Playing Pitch Strategy was reported to the Environment Committee meeting on 15 March 2017 for adoption.


Overview

Barnet Council recognises the need for good quality sports pitches and it has listed them as an important factor in its Parks and Open Spaces and Fit and Active Barnet Strategies. Barnet is the fastest growing borough in London and it is necessary to make sure that an

The findings from the consultation will help us to analyse and prioritise the sport, area and site specific proposals and we help us to finalise the draft Playing Pitch Strategy for Barnet. The updated draft Playing Pitch Strategy was reported to the Environment Committee meeting on 15 March 2017 for adoption.


Overview

Barnet Council recognises the need for good quality sports pitches and it has listed them as an important factor in its Parks and Open Spaces and Fit and Active Barnet Strategies. Barnet is the fastest growing borough in London and it is necessary to make sure that an adequate number of pitches are provided in the future.

Working in partnership with Sport England and the relevant National Governing Bodies of Sport (England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey Board, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association & Rugby Football Union), the council is developing a Playing Pitch Strategy which will also address the needs of Gaelic football in the area.

The Playing Pitch Strategy will provide a strong future action plan for Barnet’s provision of sports pitches. This information will be used to inform the borough’s Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which looks at current provisions and identifies existing and future needs. It will also underpin the Local Plan making sure, amongst other things, planning considers the provision of sports pitches.

Whilst developing the strategy, current facilities and future needs were identified and local sports clubs, leagues and pitch providers were consulted. Now that a draft Playing Pitch Strategy has been written, we would like you to give us your views on the specific recommendations.


Why we are consulting

The consultation is open to all Barnet residents, businesses and community and interest groups, together with sports clubs and individuals who play sport on pitches in the borough. We want to find out what you think about the sport, area and site specific recommendations contained in the draft Playing Pitch Strategy.


This consultation has now closed.
  • Playing Pitch Strategy Consultation

    4 months ago

    We Asked

    We asked for your views on the recommendations for the draft Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS).

    A variety of methods were used to consult including:

    • The questionnaire on Engage Barnet,
    • Direct emails to all sports clubs for the questionnaires,
    • Other promotion methods such as Facebook.

    Public consultation on the draft PPS for Barnet was undertaken from 16th January to 27th February 2017.

    You Said

    Overall, we received 31 responses to the consultation. More respondents agreed or strongly agreed (average 49.98% across all sports) with the strategic directions for the individual sports than disagreed or strongly disagreed (average 7.91%...

    We Asked

    We asked for your views on the recommendations for the draft Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS).

    A variety of methods were used to consult including:

    • The questionnaire on Engage Barnet,
    • Direct emails to all sports clubs for the questionnaires,
    • Other promotion methods such as Facebook.

    Public consultation on the draft PPS for Barnet was undertaken from 16th January to 27th February 2017.

    You Said

    Overall, we received 31 responses to the consultation. More respondents agreed or strongly agreed (average 49.98% across all sports) with the strategic directions for the individual sports than disagreed or strongly disagreed (average 7.91% across all sports).

    77.42% of respondents had taken part in formal sport activity during the year prior to the consultation.

    We Did

    The results of the consultation were delivered to the Environment Committee on the 15th of March 2017. The Environment Committee noted the outcome and adopted the draft Playing Pitch Strategy for Barnet. This has signed off by Sport England, England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey, Football Association, Lawn Tennis Association and Rugby Football Union. This creates a framework for future pitch provision as well as helping to deliver other outdoor pitch sports.

    Work has started on the development of West Hendon, Barnet Playing Fields and Copthall Sports Hubs in line with the Playing Pitch Strategy. A detailed action plan with timeline is being developed for the remaining recommendations. Development of alternative facilities for Gaelic Football in Barnet has begun and the renovation of an artificial grass pitch at Graham Park.

    A steering group formed of Sport England and other National Governing Bodies has been set up to develop schemes with national bodies and local interest groups to ensure that playing pitch need in the borough is met. Discussions have commenced with National Governing Bodies regarding improvements to the quality of pitches.