Audit of Open Space, Sport and Recreation Executive summary

PPG17 Open Spaces, Indoor Sports and Recreation Assessment

Executive Summary

Introduction

Strategic Leisure Limited (SLL) was appointed by Thanet District Council (TDC) in July 2005 to undertake a Policy Planning Guidance

Note (PPG 17) compliant assessment of open space, indoor and outdoor sport and recreational facilities. The objective of the study was to identify local needs for provision, and opportunities for enhancement, development or replacement of current facilities.

There are a number of main drivers behind this study; these are:

a) The need to produce the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the District

b) The need to develop a strategic policy framework for future provision, based on identified need, to ensure future provision is planned, co-ordinated, and appropriate

c) The need to identify and provide evidence about the levels and nature of existing provision, to address issues of investment, support external funding bids, assist in planning for provision, and inform partnership working