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Sports and Leisure Study to 2034

We are looking at the future of sport and leisure facilities in the district.

We have created a leisure study following an extensive assessment of the leisure facilities in the district such as running tracks, sports halls and football pitches as well as playgrounds and allotments.

This leisure study is intended to inform planners and developers for the next 15 years so that they include all the necessary leisure provision for the area’s growing population.  

Local Plan 2034

The consultation on the South Oxfordshire local plan closed on Monday 18 February. This set out development plans for the area until 2034 with certain sites made available for housing. You can see the current update here.

We carried out a survey last year on the leisure facilities available across the district.  After the survey and following revisions to the South Oxfordshire local plan we have made additions to our leisure study to reflect these changes.

The leisure study was evidence considered alongside the South local plan.

The new addendum documents which form part of the leisure study can be found here.


For more information about our leisure strategy or this consultation, please contact the South Oxfordshire Active Communities Team.

For more information see the study documents in the downloads section on this page

The Background (3.3 MB) PDF document sets out some of the key trends in leisure activity in South Oxfordshire: 
•Population characteristics and changes
•Socio-economic factors
•Health and well-being of residents
•Economic pressures
•National planning policy framework
•Policies and strategies or neighbouring authorities

Sports Facilities (7.0 MB) PDF documents look at Sports Halls, Swimming Pools, Health and Fitness, Athletics, Indoor bowls, Indoor Tennis, Squash, Gymnastics and Golf

(See also Sports Facilities appendices (279.4 KB) PDF and summary (120.9 KB) PDF )

Playing Pitch documents (part one (5.1 MB) PDF and part two (773.5 KB) PDF ) examine Artificial Grass Pitches, Football, Cricket, Rugby Union, Hockey

(See also Playing Pitch appendices (1.5 MB) PDF and summary (755.7 KB) PDF )

Local Leisure facilities (6.1 MB) PDF documents look at Village and Community Halls, Outdoor Bowls, Outdoor Tennis

Open spaces (6.4 MB) PDF documents examine open spaces, parks and gardens, children's play areas, young people's spaces and allotments

(see also Open Spaces appendices (915.8 KB) PDF )

Leisure Facilities strategy - Equality impact check (530.0 KB) PDF

Some pictures courtesy of Sport England

Last reviewed: 07 - 03 - 2019

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