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Why is Supply and Demand Balance no longer available as a Strategic Planning Tool?

The use of this tool only provided a ‘global’ view of provision within a local authority area for three facility types, which often masked other important elements such as the location, nature and quality of facilities in relation to demand.  

The need to carry out more detailed local assessment work to develop a robust standard would also need to determine how accessible facilities are to the resident population (by car and on foot) and take into account facilities in adjoining boroughs.   

The information provided by the tool is useful as a high level view when building a picture of the level of provision within the context of the Facility Planning Model National and Local Run Reports (accessible through Sport England Planning Officers) rather than in isolation.