Memorandum by Peabody Trust (PPG 23)
OF PPG 17: SPORT,
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on
the revised PPG 17. I am pleased to confirm our broad support
of the proposed changes and the increased emphasis given to the
provision of Open Space.
In response to Question 2, we welcome the proposal
that local planning authorities should carry out an assessment
of needs and opportunities in their areas. We consider that more
emphasis is rightly given in this revision on protection of existing
good quality open space and facilities. Our experience at Peabody
Trust has demonstrated that such assessment should be community-led
and we would suggest that comprehensive community involvement
in assessments should be required. It therefore follows that planning
guidance should avoid being prescriptive where possible and allow
local planning authorities, in consultation with the community,
to set relevant standards (Questions 6 and 7).
The increased emphasis on the importance of
good management of recreational facilities is particularly welcome.
Experience of providing and maintaining facilities at the Trust
for many years has demonstrated the importance of active management
to encourage residents' ownership of their estate. Active management
also enables landlords to deal with adverse effects on neighbours
and reduce conflict between adjacent uses, particularly in dense