Sports Facilities Standards Report 2007 - 2020
Strategic Leisure Limited
Page Executive Summary SECTION I Introduction and Background • Introduction • Rationale for the Sports Facilities Strategy • Strategy Scope • Strategy Drivers • Huntingdonshire District - a profile Strategic Context • National Context • Local Context Assessment of Current Provision • Current Facility Provision • Supply and Demand Analysis • Current and Future Participation • The need for new provision in St Neots • Key Issues and Challenges Local Standards • The Planning Framework • Local Standards • Developers’ Contributions Conclusions and Recommendations i 01
APPENDIX I APPENDIX II APPENDIX III APPENDIX IV APPENDIX V APPENDIX VI APPENDIX VII APPENDIX VIII Consultation List Supply and Demand Analysis and Modelling Huntingdonshire Accessibility Calculations Summary of National Context Activity Profile – Huntingdonshire District Council Market Segmentation Potential Funding Sources GIS Maps
Introduction and Rationale for the Huntingdonshire Sports Facilities Strategy Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) identified the need for a sports facility strategy to assist in guiding the future provision of a range of sports facilities in the District. The need for a clear and prioritised framework for future investment in sports facility provision is particularly critical given the likely need for additional provision as a result of population growth in the District, and specifically in the St Neots area, and the need for ongoing investment in the existing infrastructure. Given the nature of the District, which is a combination of the four main towns of Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Neots and St Ives, smaller villages and more rural areas there is also a need to ensure that sports facilities are accessible throughout the District. The development of the sports facilities strategy also provides the opportunity to assess the condition of existing provision, and whether it is appropriate to meet local needs and demand and to ensure that potential new provision helps to address any current deficiencies – quantitative or qualitative. In addition, there is a need to ensure that the appropriate quantity and quality of facilities are provided to facilitate increased participation (Government agenda), and improve the health of the local community. There are two main factors which are particularly relevant to the future provision of sports facilities; these are the future implementation of the Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF) in the District, and the significant area of population growth around St Neots. This strategy will be used to guide and inform the nature and extent of resources, financial and operational, which are needed to ensure that Huntingdonshire has up to date, fit for purpose, accessible and welcoming sports facilities for the existing community, people working in, or visiting the District, and any new residents in the District. The Sports Facilities Strategy for Huntingdonshire ‘fits’ within the strategic framework for planning for future provision as follows: Creating Active Places (Regional Framework)
Cambridgeshire County Sports Facilities Strategy (County Framework)
Huntingdonshire Sports Facilities Strategy (local priorities responding to local needs and issues)
The focus of this strategy is indoor sports facilities (swimming pools, sports halls, health and fitness facilities, indoor bowls), and Artificial Turf Pitches (ATPs). The Strategy considers existing and planned facilities incorporating: • • • • Local authority leisure centres Voluntary sector sports clubs Private sector facilities Secondary schools that will be re-built or re-furbished under PFI or the Building Schools for...