STAGING Practical planning guide for sports clubs - British Rowing

Practical planning guide for sports clubs

Sport England, in partnership with the Department of Communities and Local Government, has published a new guide to planning applications aimed at sports clubs who want to improve their facilities.

Sport England knows that poor quality facilities are a significant barrier to increasing participation in sport at a grassroots level. All too often the planning system is viewed as an obstacle as opposed to a means of securing the best possible outcome, and when approached incorrectly can result in frustration, financial loss and damaged relationships.


Making a planning application provides practical advice that will help clubs across the country prepare their case and application in order to maximise their chances of success.

Step-by-step guidance is provided on the five stages of applying for, and securing, planning permission:

  • Reviewing the options
  • Preparing the application
  • Submitting the application
  • The decision
  • Implementing the decision.

You can find ‘Making a planning application’, on the Sport England website. Hard copies are available on request. Please send an email to including the postal address to which you would like the guide to be sent.