The Warrington Playing Pitch Strategy (Update) 2020 is an update to the Warrington Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) Assessment Report (completed in December 2018) and has been prepared by Knight Kavanagh & Page (KKP).
The 2018 Warrington PPS was formally adopted by the Council in June 2019. However, the original supply and demand data was predominately collated in 2016 and as such it was recognised that there was a need to refresh the Study in 2019. One of the key drivers for the update has been to have an added focus on disability and women/girls playing pitch sports to reflect the increase in demand in participation since the previous PPS. Further, a Local Football Facility Plan has also been prepared for the Borough which seeks to identify potential opportunities for new and improved football provision.
The Updated PPS has been prepared in line with paragraph 73 of the NPPF and in accordance with Sport England’s 'Playing Pitch Strategy Guidance: an approach to developing and delivering a playing pitch strategy' to reflect current best practice for the analysis of provision of sports facilities.
The Sport England guidance details a stepped approach to developing a Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS). These steps are separated into five distinct sections:
- Stage A: Prepare and tailor the approach (Step 1)
- Stage B: Gather information and views on the supply of and demand for provision (Steps 2 & 3)
- Stage C: Assess the supply and demand information and views (Steps 4, 5 & 6)
- Stage D: Develop the strategy (Steps 7 & 8)
- Stage E: Deliver the strategy and keep it robust and up to date (Steps 9 & 10)
The Updated Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) consists of two documents:
- The Warrington PPS Updated Assessment Report (Sept 2019); and
- The Warrington PPS Strategy & Action Plan (Jan 2020).
The Warrington PPS Updated Assessment Report (Sept 2019) covers Stages A to C and presents a supply and demand assessment of playing pitch facilities. It provides a clear picture of the balance between the local supply of, and demand for, playing pitches and other outdoor sports facilities.
The Warrington PPS Strategy & Action Plan (Jan 2020) builds upon the preceding updated Assessment Report (September 2019) to provide a robust strategic framework for the maintenance and improvement of existing playing pitches and ancillary facilities, along with the provision of new playing pitches and ancillary facilities where required, to meet the needs of the existing and future population within the borough for the life of the current adopted Local Plan (the Local Plan Core Strategy) and the new emerging Local Plan which will cover the period 2021 to 2038.