DC Casebook: Leisure and Recreation - Sports pitches held to encourage car use

The change of use of two fields in Leicestershire to form three football pitches and a club house has been ruled unsustainable due to the likelihood that younger players would be driven to the site.

The site lay 1km from a village and the road linking them was not particularly wide, with vehicles traversing it at high speed. These factors would discourage cycle use, the inspector found. Bus services ran along the road but the absence of a stop near the site meant that the majority of players would drive to pitches, he concluded.

Under-sevens were unlikely to cycle or walk to the site and the provision of 48 parking spaces would encourage car transport, he reasoned. In his opinion, requiring the appellants to submit a travel plan to encourage car-sharing and alternative means of transport was unlikely to be effective. It would not extend beyond the club informing parents about potential travel choices, he feared.

DCS Number 100-064-732

Inspector Simon Berkeley; Written representations

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