We’re committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and to ensure we are ready for the future needs of our growing communities. We commissioned a Sports Facilities Study in 2017 (updated in 2018).
The study was designed to forecast sport and recreation needs up to 2034 to reflect growth in the district. The study is aligned to the Local Plan 2034 .
Part 1: Background and context
This document sets out some of the key trends in leisure activity in South Oxfordshire. It provides an assessment of demand for and use of, existing facilities and highlighting potential locations for future provision:
Part 2: Sports facilities study
Providing an assessment on the sporting and recreational infrastructure within the district
Part 3: Playing pitch study
An examination of the provision within the district for artificial grass pitches, also pitches for football, cricket, rugby union and hockey
Part 4: Local leisure facilities study
Looking at the provision within the district for village and community halls, outdoor bowls and outdoor tennis
Part 5: Open spaces
This document examines open spaces, parks and gardens, children’s play areas, young people’s spaces and allotments.
The Leisure Strategies will be closely linked to a new Active Communities Strategy that will be produced in coming months. The strategy will provide insight into future leisure needs and projects, identify priorities and outcomes for leisure facilities and wider community outcomes to increase participation in sport and activity. Once this is in draft form there will be a consultation involving the community. When this is completed it will be a key document for identifying priorities moving forwards.
Following this we will continue to consult with sports clubs and community groups about their developing needs and the information they give us will be used in proposals for any new facilities and developer contributions through S106 / CIL funds.
The study is designed as a guide for our planning policy to secure new or improved facilities in line with proposed developments of communities within the district. It doesn’t mean we will automatically provide or take responsibility for more facilities.