Why is Facilities per 1000 no longer available as a Strategic Planning Tool?
It was found that this tool was used as a simplistic way of developing a local standard which often masked the need to carry out more detailed local assessment work to develop a robust standard. An over emphasis was therefore given to the use of this tool in isolation in creating local standards.
A reliance on this tool focusses too much on the supply side which often did not reflect the different types of facilities and their accessibility. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has moved away from generic local standards for sport and recreation. The NPPF requires a robust and up to date assessment of need for sport and recreational provision setting out actual infrastructure requirements.