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The LPAs will ensure that development and growth is matched by an appropriate level of provision for playing pitch facilities. This will be achieved through protecting and improving the stock and capacity of playing pitch facilities, and improving the quality of existing playing pitches and ancillary facilities.
New residential development on larger sites will, where practicable, be expected to deliver new playing pitch facilities on site as part of an integrated scheme. On smaller sites or where this is not practicable, a planning obligation will be sought to mitigate for the impact of new residents through new or improved provision in an appropriate location.
Development that would result in the loss of playing pitches will only be permitted where the sporting benefits of the proposed development demonstrably outweigh the loss, and suitable replacement playing pitches to compensate for the loss are provided. This will normally be through direct replacement, although financial contributions to deliver the new playing pitch proposals, including the new hub sites, as identified in this plan may be acceptable where there is an implementation programme established and where delivery of the new site will take place alongside or close to the timing of the development proposal.