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Planning for Sport

The planning process in Wales recognises that the way we shape our environment is critical to the success of achieving an active, healthy and inclusive Wales. TAN 16: Sport, Recreation and Open Space sets out the duty of the planning system to make provision for sport and recreation facilities and informal open spaces, as well as protecting existing facilities and open spaces in urban and rural areas.

To discuss this, RTPI Cymru held an event in December 2009, chaired by Richard Crook of The Works, Ebbw Vale. Presentations heard from the viewpoint of those outside the planning system, and also national planning guidance and how this is being taken forward locally. The seminar also heard about how major sporting projects are aiming to benefit local communities.


The presentations are available below:

Huw Jones, Sports Council for Wales – The role of the Sports Council for Wales and perspectives on the role of the planning system

Peter Hosking, Children’s Commissioner for Wales – The role of the Children’s Commissioner in encouraging physical activity and sport perspectives on the role of the planning system

Jeff Spear, Welsh Assembly Government - TAN 16: National Guidance

Stuart Williams, Cardiff Council – The Open Space Project – Taking Forward TAN 16 Locally

Chris Potts, Savills – Demonstrating the Role of Sporting Facilities in Enhancing Communities