The Committee are asked to scrutinise the revised Playing Pitch Strategy.
DECIDED – that consideration of the Playing Pitch Strategy be deferred.
To consider a draft revised Playing Pitch Strategy.
Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods seeking approval of a revised Rochdale Borough Council Playing Pitch Strategy, which sought to assess current and future demand for formal sports pitches in the borough over the 10 year period from 2016 to 2026 and provide a framework for resource prioritisation and informed planning decisions.
Alternatives considered and rejected: Not adopting a Playing Pitch Strategy could hinder the Council’s ability to seek developer contributions and for local clubs to seek funding support from Sport England and other funding bodies.
In considering the report, Cabinet Members requested that a further piece of work be undertaken relating to areas in the Borough that could be brought back into use for informal sports purposes.
Decision: That the Playing Pitch Strategy be approved for further consultation and the final sign off of the strategy be delegated to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and the Environment.
Reason for decision: The Strategy will allow the Council to progress management of sports pitches in the borough.