Plans for playing fields echo Assembly findings

There are reports today that the government is planning to introduce rules to make it harder to sell playing fields to property developers. 

Deputy Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, Murad Qureshi AM, who led an investigation into the loss of the capital’s playing fields, comments:

"Almost three years ago the Assembly warned that London’s future generations could end up as couch potatoes if action was not taken to protect playing fields. 

"Our investigation called for an effective use of the planning framework to protect playing fields, so we are pleased the government has listened. 

"The Olympic Games are not far off, but they will not leave a legacy of sports participation for young people if playing fields disappear under a sea of concrete.  We have to take action now – before it’s too late."

See London Assembly press release, 11 March 2009