Sport Wales is a statutory consultee for planning applications that affect playing fields

We  aim to protect playing fields, and can offer support to local authorities, residents and developers when proposed developments are likely to have an impact on playing fields.

We work closely with 'Fields in Trust' to provide consultation responses.

Planning guidance for Wales is found in the Welsh Government's publication 'Planning Policy Wales'.  In relation to playing fields, the guidance states that:

All playing fields whether owned by public, private or voluntary organisations, should be protected except where:

  • facilities can best be retained and enhanced through the redevelopment of a small part of the site;
  • alternative provision of equivalent community benefit is made available; or
  • there is an excess of such provision in the area.

Policies and guidance related to playing fields and sports facilities can be found in the links on the right of this page.