Playing Pitch Strategy

Doncaster Council and key partners developed the Playing Pitch Strategy to set out how the council and its partners will secure access to high quality opportunities for sport and recreation, and ensure our associated planning policies are based on a robust and up-to-date assessment of the needs for sports and opportunities for new provision.

The Doncaster Playing Pitch Strategy (adopted by the council in September 2018) sets out actions and recommendations to maintain and improve the future delivery of sports pitches (playing fields) and associated sports facilities between 2018 and 2033. The strategy covers the sports of Football, Cricket, Hockey, Bowls, Rugby Union and Rugby League.

Playing Pitch Strategy Final with Action Plan
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Before writing the strategy a comprehensive sports pitch, club and facilities assessment was carried out in 2017. The Playing Pitch Strategy Assessment Report

  • summarises the current supply of facilities;
  • outlines current demand and evaluates projected demand in 2023, 2028 and 2033;
  • evaluates the overall adequacy of provision to meet current and projected future demand; and
  • identifies the key issues and sets out strategic priorities and actions for the Playing Pitch Strategy to address.

The assessment is a comprehensive sport by sport document providing an understanding of the spatial distribution, supply and demand by each of the council's sub-areas. (North, East, Central and South (see below))

Sub Area Name Communities
North Clayton, Hooton Pagnell, Brodsworth and Pickburn, Hickleton, Marr, Bamburgh and Harlington, High Melton, Cadeby, Sprotbrough, Cusworth, Scawsby, Scawthorpe, Highfields, Woodlands, Adwick Le Street, Carcroft, Skellow, Burghwallis, Owston, Askern, Sutton, Campsall, Norton, Fenwick, Moss, Toll Bar and Almholme, Arksey, Bentley, York Road
East Thorne in Balne, Barnby Dun, Kirk Sandall, Edenthorpe, Armthorpe, Dunsville, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Stainforth, Braithwaite and Kirk Bramwith, Hatfield Woodhouse, Hatfield Prison, Thorne, Moorends, Fishlake and Fosterhouses, Sykehouse
Central Balby, Woodfield Plantation, Hexthorpe, Lower Wheatley, Town Centre, Town Moor, Bennetthorpe, Hyde Park, Lakeside, Cantley, Bessacarr, Belle Vue, Intake, Wheatley Hills, Wheatley Park, Clay Lane
South Adwick upon Dearne, Mexborough, Old Denaby, Denaby Main, Conisbrough, Clifton, Micklebring, Braithwell, Stainton, Edlington, Old Edlington, Warmsworth, Stainton, Wadworth, Tickhill, Loversall, New Rossington, Old Rossington, Bawtry, Austerfield, Hayfield Green, Branton, Old Cantley, Auckley, Blaxton, Finningley
Playing Pitch Strategy Assessment Report
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The work is completed by the provision of an interactive map, which identifies playing pitches in the borough and their quality and status (as at 2017). The map provides some basic information, but you will need to refer to the assessment report for additional site detail. 

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Telephone: 01302 734419

Last updated: 30 November 2021 15:39:17