An updated Playing Pitch Needs Assessment (PPNA) and associated Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) is currently being 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 PPNA identifies and assesses the provision of the following key sports:
- Rugby Union
- Rugby League
The PPS assesses existing pitch provision for both natural and artificial grass playing pitches and where new provision is needed on a Neighbourhood basis (see note 1 below). It'll provide recommendations relating to individual sites that have issues and a framework for the maintenance and improvement of existing provision and ancillary facilities for the life of the Local Plan.
Whilst the study has not yet been completed initial indications are that there are shortfalls of pitch provision across the Borough. In particular there are pressures on junior football and rugby league pitches as well as senior football pitches. In most areas of the Borough, there's a significant issue in relation to the quality of the pitches (primarily in terms of poor drainage) and the quality or lack of changing rooms.
(Note 1: We operates four Neighbourhood Area Boards to support the delivery of the Corporate Plan, Active Warrington Strategy, Health and Wellbeing Strategy and specifically the Neighbourhood Area Plans, Tier 1 Action Plans, Closing the Gap Plans and local community action plans. Each Board constitutes a partnership of organisations including the council, health, police, community, faith and voluntary groups, businesses and residents.)