GRO5 - Enhancing Plymouth's sporting facilities
Sport is a catalyst to regeneration, a significant contributor to the local economy and a key component of health sustainable communities.
The city will support and enhance Plymouth's excellent sporting facilities so that they broaden the city's sporting success and act as catalysts for regeneration, by:
- Supporting the development of first class strategic sports facilities and venues to meet the needs of a growing city.
- Ensuring that local neighbourhoods have access to sporting facilities to meet the needs of the local population.
- Ensuring that the city's sporting offer, and the enthusiasm of its residents for sporting events, is used effectively as part of the marketing of Plymouth to investors.
- Using planning powers to address gaps in the provision of sporting facilities across Plymouth.
Plymouth has a growing reputation for sporting excellence, both in terms of its facilities and in terms of the performance of its teams and individuals. This excellence can be seen in the quality of Plymouth Life Centre (which is one of the premier aquatics centres in the country and was used as an Olympic training venue for London 2012), in the reputation of Plymouth Marjon University (as a specialist sports university training elite athletes), and in the success the city experienced as the host of the America's Cup in 2011. Sport is a key element of the city's offer. Sport England has estimated an annual total direct economic value of sport to the city of £79.3m (2013) and as such sport is seen as a significant contributor to a growing Plymouth.
Plymouth's sporting reputation and its facilities are something which the city will support and enhance through promoting and encouraging the development of further strategic and neighbourhood sports facilities, including encouraging the community use of sport's facilities in local schools. New sporting facilities can be a catalyst to the regeneration of places across the city. For example Plymouth Life Centre and its relationship to Home Park. A strong sporting offer driven by enthusiastic fans and followers can create a strong identity which is attractive to investors. However, the policy also picks up the importance of local sporting facilities which allow teams and organisations to play and host sporting events within the local community.
The Joint Local Plan explains how planning powers will be used in support of this policy.