Vale of White Horse Playing Pitch and Leisure Facilities Strategies Consultation

Closes 24 Apr 2024

Opened 13 Mar 2024


Please note, this consultation period has been extended by an additional week and will now close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Vale of White Horse District Council is inviting your comments on a Playing Pitch Strategy and a Leisure Facilities Strategy.

These strategies show the need for new playing pitches and leisure facilities across Vale of White Horse, as well as identifying which of our existing pitches and facilities need protecting, upgrading, or expanding. They take account of new and planned housing developments in our districts, and consider the need for new pitch and leisure provision between 2023 and 2041. 

What is the purpose of the strategies?

The two strategies provide an audit of the quality, quantity and accessibility of playing pitches and leisure facilities across the district, establish the current levels of demand (and therefore whether pitches/facilities are being over or under used) and projects forward demand likely to arise by the end of the strategy period so that the appropriate level of pitch provision can be planned for the future.

The Playing Pitch Strategy covers pitch sports including: football, rugby union, cricket, hockey and lesser played pitch sports (including lacrosse, gaelic football rounders, softball/ baseball, rugby league and American football.

The Leisure Facilities Assessment and Strategy covers: archery ranges, athletics ‘track & field’ facilities, basketball courts, badminton courts, bowling greens, boxing gyms, climbing walls, croquet lawns, cycling facilities, dance halls and studios golf courses, gymnastics halls, health and fitness suites (gyms & fitness studios), martial arts facilities, multi use games areas (MUGAs) netball courts, parkour provision, polo pitches and horse-riding centres, skateparks, sports halls (including community and village halls with sports facilities), squash courts, swimming pools, table tennis provision, tennis courts, volleyball courts, water sports (rowing, sailing and canoeing).

Click here to view the Playing Pitch Strategy and Leisure Facilities Assessment and Strategy

You can also view the supplementary documuments on our website here.

Paper copies of consultation documents are also available to view at the district councils’ offices at Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon OX14 3JE.

The documents can also be viewed at the following Leisure Centres:

  • Farringdon Leisure Centre
  • Wantage Leisure Centre
  • White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre

The strategies include a list of proposed recommendations which are presented in three areas: protect, enhance and provide. 

Protect: Avoid (where possible) the loss of sports facilities and protect the community use on educational sites.

Enhance: To improve community access through Community Use Agreements (CUA) and improve the quality of existing facilities.

Provide: Ensure new sports facilities lie in the heart of local communities, that new developments contribute where appropriate towards facilities and that new sports facilities provided as part of future educational provision are designed with community use.

We would like to invite your comments on the proposed recommendations from Wednesday 13 March until 11:59pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024.

It is important for us to highlight that the recommendations for playing pitches and leisure provision at the strategic development sites may change over time. This is due to a number of reasons including but not limited to; demographic changes, the make up of club team numbers and whether the developer is providing the sport or leisure provision directly on site or making financial contributions to sport or leisure provision elsewhere.

If you have any questions about this survey or require it in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email or call 01235 422425.

What happens next

Once the consultation has closed, we will consider all comments and update the strategies as necessary. Each council will then consider whether to formally adopt the strategies at a full council meeting. If the councils decide to adopt the strategies, we will publish the final strategies, alongside a consultation summary report on our website. 

Personal details?

We will not ask for your name or any contact details. You also do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to. Any personal information supplied to the council within your comments that could identify you will not be published in the summary report. Further information on data protection is available in our privacy statement.

If you are happy for the councils to use your data for this consultation, please click the link in the box below to provide your response.

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