Fyson on: Another threat to dwindling supply of sports pitches

In the struggle to save urban open space from development, the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) has done sterling service, particularly through its long-established six-acre standard. This is a planning guide that sets a minimum standard of outdoor playing space provision of six acres (2.4ha) per 1,000 local inhabitants, two-thirds for sport and one-third for children's play. For many years this rule of thumb has been a valuable aid in improving the quality of urban life.

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