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Sports Facilities Strategy
               2008 - 2021




                        A




             Final Report




                       By




Strategic Leisure Limited



              March 2008
CONTENTS


CONTENTS
                                                                       Page

                  Executive Summary                                    i

SECTION I     -   Introduction and Background                          1
                   Introduction
                   Rationale for the Sports Facilities Strategy
                   Strategy Scope
                   Strategy Drivers
                   Luton Borough - a profile
                   Luton - Participation Profile
                   Luton – Activity Profile

SECTION II    -   Strategic Context                                    13
                   National Context
                   Local Context

SECTION III   -   Current and Future Provision                         20
                   Current Sports Facility Provision in Luton
                   Stakeholder Consultation
                   Facility Audit
                   Supply and Demand Analysis
                   Impact of Increased Population and Participation
                   Key Issues and Challenges

SECTION IV    -   Priorities for future Sports Facility Provision      41
                   Facility Type and Location
                   Links to BSF
                   Local Standards

SECTION V     -   Delivering the Strategy                              52
                   Partnerships
                   Resources
                   Planning Gain
                   BSF
APPENDICES


APPENDICES

Glossary
APPENDIX 1    -   Strategy Consultees

APPENDIX 2    -   Strategic Context (National, Regional)

APPENDIX 3    -   Supply and Demand Analysis

APPENDIX 4    -   GIS Mapping

APPENDIX 5    -   Strategy Methodology

APPENDIX      -   Summary of Luton Activity Profile

APPENDIX 7    -   Copy of Sport England Market Segmentation Profile

APPENDIX 8    -   Bedfordshire – Other Sports per 1,000 Population

APPENDIX 9    -   Local Strategic Context - South Bedfordshire

APPENDIX 10   -   Potential Funding Sources
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Introduction and Rationale for the Luton Sports Facilities Strategy
Luton Borough Council (LBC) and Active Luton (AL) identified the need for a sports facility strategy to assist in guiding the future
provision of a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities in Luton. The need for a clear and prioritised framework for future
investment in sports facility provision is particularly critical given the likely residential developments in and around Luton over
the next five to ten years, and the fact that many of the existing facilities are in a poor condition, and are not fit for purpose.

The three developments for the Borough which are specifically relevant to the future provision of sports facilities are the
development of the Green Space Strategy for Luton and South Bedfordshire, Building Schools for the Future (BSF) and the
ongoing review of the Council’s built assets.

This strategy will be used to guide and inform the nature and extent of resources, financial and operational, which are needed to
ensure Luton has up to date, fit for purpose, accessible and welcoming sports facilities for both the existing community, and the
new residents to the surrounding areas, many of whom are also likely to be employees in local businesses.

The population growth in the area, both within the Borough e.g. around the town centre and outside the Borough boundary e.g.
Houghton Regis area, area to the north of the Borough, will have a specific impact on Luton and its current range and level of
community provision, including sports facilities. Given the size of Luton town, its proposed development, and the geographical
location of the town, it is inevitable that new residents moving into the Growth area will look to the town for community facilities
and services.

Whilst Luton will be in a position to provide for much of this demand, the future provision of sports facilities will need to be
carefully considered. Given that a significant amount of the Growth Area is actually in South Bedfordshire, to the north of Luton,
around Houghton Regis and Dunstable, and Leighton Linslade, there are opportunities for joint working to ensure the
appropriate planning of provision. This would mirror the approach which is currently being taken by the two authorities in other
areas, such as planning for population growth and the development of the Green Space Strategy.

The Sports Facilities Strategy for Luton ‘fits’ within the strategic framework for planning for future sports facility provision as
follows:

                                              Creating Active Places (Regional Framework)




                                            Active Bedfordshire and Luton (County Framework)




                     Luton Sports Facilities Strategy (local priorities responding to local needs and issues)

The focus of this strategy is indoor and outdoor sports facilities; provision of these facilities and how provision may or may not
link into the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme in the Borough and in planning for the infrastructure required to
service the Growth Area is critical in terms of the future strategic planning for sports facilities provision at local level.

This strategy links to the developing Green Space Strategy for Luton Borough and South Bedfordshire District Councils, and
reflects the 2003 work undertaken for facilities managed by LBC Parks Services e.g. playing pitches and pavilions. It also
includes an update on the position with regard to this provision, but no additional work on pitch or pavilion assessment was
included in the strategy brief. The strategy focuses on facilities, rather than activities, as it is through the provision of facilities
that activities are provided.

This approach to the future strategic planning of sports facilities is crucial for the Borough given a number of key factors at local
level, such as:




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            POPULATION GROWTH
             The significant increases in population around Luton, and specifically to the west of Luton as a result of the
               development of 14,400 new homes
             The development of up to 4,000 new homes proposed at Luton East

            PARTICIPATION                                          BSF
             The current very low levels of participation in       The implementation of BSF - the first initiative of the
               sport and physical activity in the Borough;             programme in Bedfordshire and Luton
               55.1% of Luton residents aged 16+do not
               participate in physical activity at all
               (participation is lower in Luton than in the East
               of England Region and England) Source
               Active People data 2007
             There is a significant drop off rate in terms of
               participation post 16, as the PE and School
               Sport Club Links Strategy (PESSCL) data
               (2006) for the Borough shows that 87% of
               students have access to 2 or more hours of
               curriculum PE (Luton Schools Sports
               Partnerships). The Partnership is now
               working towards the achievement of 2 plus 2/3
               i.e. 2 hours of quality PE in curriculum time,
               and 2 or 3 hours of quality sport and physical
               activity out of school

            HEALTH                                                 PLANNING
             High levels of CHD, diabetes, and smoking,            The need to ensure investment in future provision of
               amongst the Borough’s residents                        sports facilities, and the potential to achieve this through
             Inactivity increases in the Borough with age,           identification of priorities which inform the Local
               and is also particularly high for both females         Development Framework (LDF)
               and those aged between 16-34                         Deficiencies in public open space identified in the Parks,
             Luton Borough also has much higher levels of            Playing Pitches and Open Space Strategy 2003, and in
               inactivity than any of its geographical, Indices       the developing Green Space Strategy for Luton and South
               of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) or Office of             Bedfordshire
               National Statistics(ONS) neighbours across
               the 16-54 age group


Strategy Scope
The scope of the strategy includes indoor built sports facilities (swimming pools, sports hall, indoor bowls, health and fitness,
squash courts), outdoor sports facilities e.g. Artificial Turf Pitches (ATPs), Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs)which might provide
for football, basketball, tennis etc, athletics tracks, golf driving ranges, water sports facilities and grass pitches (based on
information provided through the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy, which covers grass pitches in parks, open spaces and on school
sites).

The strategy references, but does not assess pavilions i.e. changing provision for pitches, tennis and basketball courts as these
facilities are included in the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy. It does not cover parks and open spaces, other than the obvious links
between them and playing pitch provision, nor does it cover community centres.

The Strategy considers existing and planned facilities incorporating:

    Local authority leisure centres
    Voluntary sector sports clubs
    Private sector facilities
    Secondary schools that are being re-built or re-furbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme


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     Primary Schools with community facilities e.g. MUGAs

Strategy Drivers
The key drivers for the Strategy are:

     A growing population in the areas immediately adjacent to Luton e.g. Houghton Regis, area north of Luton
     The need for significant capital investment in existing LBC facilities
     The need for a specific decision on the future of Wardown Swimming Pool
     The need to decide on the future of some specialist facility provision in the Borough e.g. the Luton Diving Centre
     Opportunities for partnerships – Building Schools for the Future (BSF) - Schools, National Governing Bodies (NGBs),
      Sports Clubs etc.
     The need to plan strategically and ensure sustainability of future provision
     The Local Development Framework (LDF), and Green Space Strategy

Luton Borough - Summary Profile
Given the likely locations of the new residential developments, and therefore the growth in population, Luton BC and South
Bedfordshire DC are working together to develop a Core Strategy which will plan for the impact of the growth area. Although
much of the residential development will be outside the actual boundary of Luton, in reality, there will be significant impact on
Luton, and therefore its facilities and services, given the scale of the population increase. The supply and demand modelling for
Luton reflects the population increase around its boundaries, to reflect the work of the Core Strategy and provide a consistent
basis for future planning policy.

The population estimates for Luton to 2021 are shown below:

                            2004 based sub national
    Local                                                       2021 population (IDP
                          population estimates (GAD,                                        Estimated Population Increase
    Authority                                                         figures)
                        published October 2007) for 2008
                                                                                              12,700 (1,500 natural growth;
        Luton                               185,400                    197,600
                                                                                               10,700 growth area impact)

Luton Health Profile

     On average, men and women in Luton live shorter lives than in England as a whole. The rate of early deaths from heart
      disease and stroke is higher than average. Men living in the most deprived fifth of areas can expect to die 4.7 years
      younger than men in the least deprived fifth. For women the gap is 6.0 years.
     The death rate from smoking is higher than average: smoking kills over 250 people a year.
     The proportion of people with recorded diabetes is higher than the England average. A high proportion of people consider
      their health to be 'not good'.
     Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, sexual health, smoking and obesity have all been identified as priorities in
      the PCT’s health strategy.
     The teenage pregnancy rate is similar to the England average.
     The population is ageing

Luton Activity Profile
The following identifies the results of adult (16+) sports participation for Luton, showing comparisons with regional and national
figures. More importantly the profiles provide analysis against areas with similar demographics and other characteristics.
(Source – Active People Survey, December 2006)




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Table 1 Luton Activity Profile
    LOCAL
                     KEY POINTS
    AUTHORITY
                      Zero participation was higher in the lower socio-economic groups (5-8) when compared to the higher
                       socioeconomic groups (1-4).

                      55.1% of the respondents reported zero activity, this figure was slightly lower for males but this rose to
                       two thirds for females.

                      Overall participation rates were low in Luton with only one in six reporting sport or recreational activity
                       on 3 occasions a week. Female participation was lower than this and dropped to one in seven.

                      Participation is higher for the 16-34 age group and Luton had one of the highest rates when compared
                       to its geographical neighbours and its IMD and ONS areas. However participation reduced for the
    Luton              older age groups and only one in fourteen people over 55 reported activity on 3 occasions a week.

                      Two out of five people aged 16-34 reported no activity and this rose with the older age groups to three
                       out of four in the over 55s.


                      The sample size of the respondents with limiting longstanding disability was quite small. However the
                       percentage was higher for 3 occasions a week than the East and England figure.

                      Participation amongst the higher socio-economic groups (1-4) on 3 occasions a week was much
                       higher than the lower socio-economic groups (5-8).


The demographic and participation analysis, coupled with the other strategic issues identified, mean that the following key
factors need to influence future provision of sports facilities in Luton:

     The Growth Area and the impact of a significant population increase over the next 20 years
     The urban nature of the District
     The largest population group is those aged 30-44
     There are high numbers of young people in the Borough
     There is a high % of minority ethnic groups in the District (28%, predominantly Asian)
     There is a growing migrant population, mostly from eastern Europe
     Luton is the most deprived area in the County; 7 of Bedfordshire’s wards are in Luton. There are in addition, 39 Super
      Output Areas (SOAs)
     There is high unemployment and low educational attainment
     Life expectancy in Luton is lower than in surrounding districts, and the population is ageing
     There are high rates of smoking, diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), mental and sexual health, and obesity
     Adult participation rates in sport and physical activity are 17.8%, well below the average for England; over 55% of the
      population do not take part in any regular activity; this is specifically relevant to females
     Whilst participation rates are highest in the 16-34 age group, a significant number of individuals do no participate regularly
     Significantly fewer people in lower social-economic groups participate in sport and physical activity on a regular basis; the
      same is true in the 55+ age group

Given the above, it is clear that sports facility provision needs to be both accessible and affordable, and provide a wide range of
cultural needs. The contribution that regular participation in sport and physical activity can make to improved health is critical to
optimise at local level, given the issues identified above. The low participation rates do reflect the population profile as different
minority groups may not perceive it as important to be active, or there may be specific factors which inhibit involvement e.g.
Asian women need facilities which can offer at least some level of privacy. (A very successful Asian women’s swimming
session does run from Denbigh Swimming Pool, but demand is greater than capacity).




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It is as important, moving forward, to provide quality and appropriate facilities as it is to promote the value of sport and physical
activity, and the positive contribution it can make to individuals’ lives. Future provision should provide for both younger and
older people; facility design needs to reflect the needs of different cultural minorities to ensure accessibility for all.

Current Facility Demand
Table 2 below illustrates the current supply and demand analysis for Luton, based on current population levels:

Table 2 Assessment of 2008 Supply and Demand
 Facility Type          Required Level of Supply in         Current Level of      Current Level of            Surplus (+)/Deficit
                        2008 (based on 2008                 Provision 2008        Accessible Provision        (_) (based on 212
                        population of 185,400 (2004                               2008 (based on              sq m being 1 x 4
                        based population Government                               accessibility for pay       lane x 25m pool) of
                        Actuary Department data,                                  and play usage)             provision in 2008
                        published October 2007)
 Swimming               1,988.3 sq m                         1,602 sq m (of       1,956 sq m (of 25m x 4          -32.3 sq m
 Pools                                                        25m x 4 lane        lane pools and above)       (equivalent to 0.2 x
                                                            pools and above)                                     4 lane x 25m
                                                                                                                     pools)

 Sports Halls (4        55.3 badminton courts                 60 courts (4         49.6 badminton courts       - 5.7 (equivalent to
 badminton                                                  badminton court             (4 + courts)           1.4 x 4 badminton
 court size)                                                halls and above)                                   court sports halls)

 Fitness                469 stations (based on               992 (gyms with             306 stations             - 163 stations
 Stations               population aged 15-74 years           20+ stations)
                        and 12% participation rate (FIA))

 Indoor Bowls           9.26 rinks                                8 rinks                  8 rinks                  -1.3 rinks

 All weather            7.4 (based on 1 ATP :25,000             3 N.B The                     3                        -4.4
 turf pitches           population)                             existing all
 (ATPs)                                                      weather pitch at
                                                            Lewsey Park has
                                                            not been included
                                                                  in the
                                                              assessments
                                                              because it is
                                                             currently out of
                                                              use due to its
                                                                 condition

Impact of Increased Population and Participation
In terms of strategic planning for future provision of sports facilities, it is also important to consider the impact of both an
increased population, and increased participation (modelled at a 13 % increase ie 1% per annum) as shown in Table 3.




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Table 3 - Increased Population (to 2021) and Participation Impact
                                                                    Current Level      2021
                              Required Level of
                                                                    of Accessible      Surplus/Deficiency       Impact of 13 %
                              Supply by 2021
                                                                    Provision          in Provision,            increase in
                              (based on 2021
                                                                    (based on          based on the             Participation over
                              population of
                                                    Current         accessibility      difference               the life of the
                              197,600 (2004
                                                    Level of        for pay and        between required         strategy i.e. to 2021,
 Facility Type                based population
                                                    Provision       play usage) in     level of supply and      (based on 2008
                              Government
                                                    (2008)          2008               2008 Accessible          population) in terms
                              Actuary
                                                                                       Provision (based         of facility
                              Department data,
                                                                                       on accessibility         requirements
                              published
                                                                                       for pay and play
                              October 2007)
                                                                                       usage)
 Swimming Pools               2,225.12 sq m         1,602 sq m      1,956 sq m (of     -269.12 sq m (1.3 x      -438.66 sq m (2 x 4
                              (10.5 x 4 lane x      (of 25m x 4      25m x 4 lane      4 lane x 25m             lane x 25m pools
                              25m pools (212 sq      lane pools       pools and        pools)                   (212 sq m)). (This is
                              m))                   and above)          above)                                  based on a need for
                                                                                                                2,394.66 sq m of 4
                                                                                                                lane x 25m).
 Sports Halls (4              61.8 badminton         60 courts      49.6 badminton     12.2 courts (3 x 4       16.97 badminton
 badminton court              courts (15.5 x 4          (4            courts (4 +      badminton court          courts (equivalent to
 size)                        badminton court       badminton           courts)        sports halls)            4.3 sports halls of 4
                              sports halls)         court halls                                                 badminton court
                                                    and above)                                                  size). (This is based
                                                                                                                on a need for 66.57
                                                                                                                courts).
 Fitness Stations             662 stations          992 (gyms              306         -356 stations(gyms       -356 (based on a
                              (based on 15-74        with 20+        stations(gyms     with 20+ stations)       0.5% increase year
                              years population)      stations)          with 20+                                on year, which is the
                                                                        stations)                               current trend)
 Indoor Bowls                 10.7 rinks (centres     8 rinks       8 rinks (centres   2.7 rinks (centres       -3.5 rinks (centres
                              with 3 rinks and       (centres       with 3 rinks and   with 3 rinks or          with 3 rinks and
                              above)                with 3 rinks         above)        above)                   above). (This is
                                                    and above)                                                  based on a need for
                                                                                                                11.53 rinks (centres
                                                                                                                with 3 rinks and
                                                                                                                above)).
 ATPs                         8 (based on 1 ATP          3                 3                     -5                        -5
                              per 1000
                              population)

Swimming Pools
Based on the above analysis of supply and demand, there is a very slight deficit in the current accessible supply of
swimming provision; there is however a deficit of 269.3 sq m (1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools) by 2021. This deficit is based
on the population increase for the Borough set out in Section I. If this population increase was actually higher the
level of deficit would increase. This is critical given that there is concern that existing population levels may already
underestimate the actual number of Borough residents. A 5% increase in population would increase the level of
swimming pool deficit by 2021 to -269.2 sq m (1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, based on current accessibility) a 10% increase in
population would increase the level of swimming pool deficit by 2021 to -375 sq m (1.7 4 lane x 25m pools, based on
current accessibility), a 15% increase in population would increase the level of swimming pool deficit by 2021 to -
459.6 sq m (2.2 4 lane x 25m pools, based on current accessibility).

What this illustrates is that whilst there is a future deficit in quality water space i.e. 25m pools, there is actually existing
swimming pool provision in the Borough which is not all accessible on a pay and play basis.




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This is critical when considering future provision, and particularly so given that it is the intention to retain existing school pools,
assuming they can be funded, as part of the BSF programme. It is also important to note that there is a lack of good quality
25m pools in the Borough, which provide for club training, competition and a range of community swimming uses.

There are two critical factors to consider in relation to the identified current and future deficits in swimming pool provision.
These are:

    Wardown Pool –the existing facility is in poor condition (rapidly deteriorating), with high operational costs (increasing
     significantly due to repair and maintenance costs), and is not fit for purpose (i.e. not 25m so is not ideal for club training
     and cannot be used for recognised Amateur Swimming Association (ASA competitions), it is clear that if the facility closes,
     there will need to be a replacement swimming pool, to ensure that levels of provision do not decrease further. The issue is
     what the scale of provision should be, where it should be located, and how the provision of a replacement pool for
     Wardown fits with, or is related to, a new facility development to provide for the Growth Area.

    The opportunity to open up existing facilities for community access, e.g. commercial provision and/or pools on
     education sites, to provide an overall hierarchy of provision across the Borough and make most effective use of built
     resources. This would allow focused investment in new swimming provision.

The scenario assessed above gives a deficit by 2021 of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools (based on accessibility of current supply) or
nearly 5 lanes of an 8 lane x 25m pool. This assumes that there is no change in the existing supply of swimming pools in the
Borough; the existing level and nature of provision could change however, if school/commercial pools close or additional
commercial provision opens.

A further aspect to consider is the future provision of diving in the Borough. The existing Kingfisher diving club is located
adjacent to Wardown Pool which is used by the club for training 6 days per week. The club facilities provide for land training,
but are extremely dilapidated. The club facilities are operated by the club on the basis of a long lease from LBC.

Given the identified deficiencies in current and future provision, there is a need to provide a replacement facility for Wardown
Pool (short to medium term), plus additional water space in the Borough (medium to long term). The issue is the level of
additional provision required, its scale and location.

Given that there is only a very small deficiency in current swimming pool provision, and that by 2021 there is only a deficiency of
1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, it is suggested that the existing Wardown Pool facility should be replaced by an 8 lane x 25m pool
(assuming lane width of 2.1m (minimum ASA requirement) this provides 420 sq m of water space). An 8 lane x 25m pool would
provide less water space than the current 33m pool; if a replacement was provided for Wardown and an additional large scale
facility e.g. 10 lane x 25m pool plus other provision was provided immediately adjacent to Luton, the deficit of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m
pools, plus the additional 70 sq m of Wardown Pool would be addressed.

Sports Halls
Based on the above analysis of supply and demand, there is a current deficit in accessible supply of sports halls of 5.7
courts (1.4 4 badminton court sports halls); this increases to 12.2 courts (3 badminton court sports halls) by 2021.

However, if the total supply of badminton courts is taken into account, there is actually a surplus in current supply of
4.7 courts; on the same basis this decreases to -1.8 courts (almost half of 1 x 4 badminton court sports hall) by 2021.
This deficit is based on the population increase for the Borough set out in Section I. If this population increase was
actually higher the level of deficit would increase. This is critical given that there is concern that existing population
levels may already underestimate the actual number of Borough residents. A 5% increase in population would
increase the level of sports hall deficit by 2021 to -16.4 courts; a 10% increase in population would increase the level of
sports hall deficit by 2021 to -19.2 courts, a 15% increase in population would increase the level of sports hall deficit
by 2021 to -21.66 courts.

There is a deficiency in the current supply of accessible sports halls in the Borough; however, this will be decreased
when the existing 4 badminton court sports hall at Luton 6th Form College is rebuilt as a 6 badminton court facility. The issue is
accessibility to existing built facilities around the Borough, given that many sports halls are on school sites. The
implementation of the BSF Programme is critical in this respect as facilities funded through BSF will be available for community
access.

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The priority for future sports hall provision is two fold. There is a need to open up access to existing facilities given that there is
a small deficit in the total supply of sports halls, and only a small deficit of 1.8 4 badminton court halls by 2021; the links to BSF
will be critical in this respect to set in train parameters for community access to, and use of, education based facilities. This
approach will build on the already successful dual-use approach in the Borough.

The development of two additional badminton courts at Luton 6th Form reduces the future deficit to 10.2 courts or 2.5 4
badminton court sports halls.

There is also a need for some new sports hall provision; this should be prioritised through BSF or linked into any new facility
development in the Borough e.g. in the Growth Area.

Health & Fitness
There is sufficient supply of fitness stations in the Borough to provide for current and future demand; the issue is that only 150
stations i.e. 7.5% of the overall current supply for gyms with 20+ stations are actually available through the public sector i.e.
Active Luton/education sites. The remainder of the provision is through the commercial sector. As commercial gyms charge
membership rates which may be prohibitive to those in more deprived areas, there is a real issue of accessibility for the Luton
community. This accessibility issue is further compounded by the fact that the population is ethnically diverse, and commercial
provision may also not actually address cultural requirements for sports facility provision.

The priority in the Borough is to ensure increased provision of accessible fitness provision; this is critical to improve health,
increase participation and help to address the identified issues of CHD and inactivity, particularly in the 16+ population. This
means either negotiating access terms with the commercial sector, or addressing accessibility issues through provision linked to
new developments e.g. BSF, other facility provision. Any new facility developments should include accessible i.e. affordable
membership levels fitness provision.

Indoor Bowls
There is insufficient supply of indoor bowls rinks to meet current demand. By 2021 there is a slight increase in the existing
deficit to 2.7 rinks; depending on the extent of demand in South Bedfordshire, there is potential to consider indoor bowls
provision as part of a large scale facility providing for the Growth Area. This is most likely to be achieved through a partnership
development, as part of a larger scale facility.

ATPs
There are insufficient ATPs to meet both current and future demand in the Borough. There is also an issue in terms of the
condition of the existing facilities, and the size of some of them, as they are not all full size, or floodlit. Given the existing
surface types in the Borough i.e. sand filled or rubber crumb, there is a lack of 3G facilities, catering for football and rugby
training, as opposed to those catering for hockey i.e. sandfilled surface.

The development of 4 new ATPs in the Borough will address most of the current deficiency in provision (2 x Wave 3 BSF
developments at Challney Girls and Luton West Academy (former Halliyard School) plus the facility at Lealands School). The
new ATP at Luton 6TH Form will reduce the future quantitative deficit in provision, but will have limited community participation
impact as it will not be floodlit. Despite these developments there will still be a deficit of 2 ATPs by 2021.

The proposed development for Luton FC should also include ATP provision and this will assist, if accessible to the community,
in addressing any future deficiency in ATP provision in the Borough.

It is also worth highlighting the fact that when the remainder of Luton’s secondary schools are re-developed through BSF (Wave
6) there is likely to be further investment in the provision of ATPs (specific sites under discussion), which will address any
outstanding deficits in provision.

Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs)
There are a number of existing MUGAs in the Borough, some on school sites. These facilities are not full size ATPs nor do they
have a specialist surface for football or hockey. Some facilities are in a very poor condition. This type of facility is important at
local community level and if possible works effectively if free at the point of access.

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Where the facility is managed it needs to be of an appropriate quality for use for e.g. football training, tennis, basketball etc.
Given the deficits in mini and junior grass pitch provision, plus the need for additional floodlit netball and tennis courts in the
Borough, there is an opportunity to develop MUGAs to address these needs at local level e.g. on school sites, and at least
provide some training provision within the communities where grass pitches are lacking.

The specific playing pitch and outdoor sports needs for the Borough, based on the 2003 study, are:

    There is no significant under or over provision of playing pitches in the Borough
    There is a surplus of 8 senior football pitches, assuming the improvements are made to the 4 pitches at Wigmore Valley
    There is a deficit of 9 junior pitches, plus latent demand for an additional 3 junior pitches
    Bramingham and High Town wards have no junior pitch at all
    Bramingham, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, Linbury and Sundon wards have no mini pitches at all
    There is a need for an additional Gaelic Football pitch in the Borough
    There is a need for more artificial cricket wickets in the Borough
    There is a need for more floodlit tennis and netball courts in the Borough

Key Issues and Challenges
There are a number of key challenges and issues to address in providing sports facilities in Luton, both now and into the future.
These are summarised below:

    Facility Provision
      Addressing the current lack of community sports facility provision – ATPs
      Addressing the current and future lack of accessible sports hall, and fitness provision
      Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool and sports hall provision
      Replacing the Wardown Pool – location, scale etc
      The future deficit in ATP provision
      The future deficit in indoor bowls rinks
      The need for additional junior football pitches
      The need for MUGAs in areas where there is no grass mini pitch
      The need for additional artificial cricket wickets, outdoor floodlit tennis and netball courts
      The need for a 10m diving facility
      The need for an indoor cricket centre

    Accessibility to Provision
      Given the lack of accessibility to quality, fit for purpose facility provision across the Borough – sports halls, 25m pools,
        fitness, ATPs, there is a need to maximize access to existing provision, particularly on school sites, and optimize the
        opportunities presented through BSF, as set out in ‘Shaping the Future’ for community access to sports facilities on
        education sites.

    Quality of Sports Facility Provision
      The quality of much of the existing Luton facility stock is poor; significant investment is needed to bring the facilities up
        to modern day standards e.g. building fabric, surfacing of outdoor provision etc. Of specific concern in the Wardown
        Pool which should be closed and replaced, on an alternative site, to ‘fit’ with the developing new facility network for the
        town and surrounding area.

    Providing for the Growth Area
      There is a need to ensure that the increase in population is provided for in terms of accessible community sports
         facilities. The modelling for supply and demand is based on the natural and growth area increase attributed to Luton.
         Once the sports facilities strategy for South Bedfordshire is also completed, (mid Feb 08) it will be possible to link up
         the deficiency issues across the two authorities. The population increase of 40,600 attributed to South Bedfordshire
         may also seek to access services in Luton; the provision of a large scale facility in the Houghton Regis area would
         serve both the Growth Area population (10,600 Luton and 40,600 South Bedfordshire), plus an additional facility
         deficiencies in both authorities which would be beneficial to add to the overall facility mix in terms of both synergy and
         critical mass.




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          In considering the Growth Area, it will also be important to link not just with South Bedfordshire DC through the joint
           planning approach, but also with North Herts DC as there will be some population growth along this boundary between
           authorities as well before 2021.

    Partnership Working
      The delivery of the identified deficiencies, and specifically improved access to existing provision can only be achieved
         by working in partnership. The priority for this is internal partnerships with leisure, asset management and children
         and young people’s services. Externally the key partner is BSF and its Programme, plus local commercial providers.
      A further key partner will be South Bedfordshire DC.

    Resourcing Strategy Implementation
      A key challenge for LBC will be resourcing the strategy, given the current limits on capital funding. The priority will be
        to access developer contributions through S106 funding, particularly in relation to the Growth Area. Other external
        funding sources should also be assessed, and maximum benefit should be obtained from BSF. Prioritising facility
        developments and investment should also link to the allocation of some internal capital

Grass Pitches
Based on the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy, the following are the future priorities for pitch provision in the Borough:

    There is a deficit of 9 junior pitches, plus latent demand for an additional 3 junior pitches
    Bramingham and High Town wards have no junior pitch at all
    Bramingham, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, Linbury and Sundon wards have no mini pitches at all
    There is a need for an additional Gaelic Football pitch in the Borough
    There is a need for more artificial cricket wickets in the Borough
    There is a need for more floodlit tennis and netball courts in the Borough

Delivering the Strategy
Based on the assessment and analysis of the needs for future sports facility provision in the Borough, the following strategic
recommendations are made:

Strategic Recommendation 1 – Priority Facility Needs
It is recommended that he following current facility needs are accepted:

     Current Facility Needs:
    Addressing the current lack of community sports facility provision – ATPs
    Addressing the current and future lack of accessible sports hall, and fitness provision
    Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool provision
    Replacing the Wardown Pool – location, scale etc
    The need for an indoor cricket centre

     Future Facility Needs (to 2021):
    The future deficit in accessible sports hall provision – 12.2 courts (3 4 badminton court sports halls)
    The future deficit in accessible fitness provision 356 stations
    Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool provision – 1.3 4 lane x 25m pool
    The future deficit in ATP provision – 2 ATPs (1 ATP if the Luton 6th Form College facility is included (but has no floodlights)
    The future deficit in indoor bowls rinks – 2.7 rinks
    Improved quality squash courts ie refurbishment of existing, or replacement in new facility development with new courts
    Increased provision for Indoor Tennis; the LTA has identified the need for additional indoor tennis provision in the north of
     the County; there is potential to consuider this as part of a sub-regional development
    The need for additional junior football pitches – 12 junior pitches
    The need for MUGAs in areas where there is no grass mini pitch
    The need for additional artificial cricket wickets, outdoor floodlit tennis and netball courts
    The need for a 10m diving facility


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Strategic Recommendation 2 – Replacement of Wardown Pool
It is recommended that Wardown Pool is replaced in the short to medium term on a new site; the minimum level of the
replacement provision should be a 8 lane x 25m pool. The existing site should be released for alternative development, and at
least part of the capital receipt allocated towards the new swimming pool development.

It is also recommended that the existing diving club is relocated to a new facility, potentially the proposed large scale facility in
the Growth Area.

Strategic Recommendation 3 – Sub Regional Facility
Given the identified deficit in swimming provision as a result of population growth, and the need to provide accessible facilities
for the Growth Area, plus the opportunity to plan across boundaries, it is recommended that a joint approach is adopted to the
development of a large scale wet and dry facility minimum 10 lane x 25m pool plus 6/8 court sports hall, fitness, indoor bowls
etc with South Bedfordshire DC. This new facility should be located in the Growth Area, within easy access of Luton, Dunstable
and Houghton Regis.

Strategic Recommendation 4 – Increasing Access to Existing Facilities
It is recommended that LBC seek to work in partnership with BSF, existing education and commercial providers to open up
community access (pay and play basis, affordable) to existing provision, to address and reduce the high deficiency in accessible
provision across the Borough.

Strategic Recommendation 5 – Partnerships for Facility Provision
It is recommended that LBC progress the adopted approach in relation to BSF and asset management in terms of sports facility
provision, to maximize access to community sports facilities on school sites, and develop other partnerships through BSF e.g.
FF.

Strategic Recommendation 6 - Resources
Given the resources that will be needed to deliver the identified sports facility priorities in the future, it is recommended that
resources from the Growth Area e.g. S106 contributions are maximized. A joint, cross boundary approach to future provision,
which reflects the joint planning area is likely to be most effective in delivering provision, and optimizing all available resources.

Strategic Recommendation 7 – Local Standards
It is recommended that the following Local Standards for future sports facility provision are adopted for the Borough:

Existing levels of provision in the Borough demonstrate some deficiencies i.e. 1.4 4 badminton court sports halls, 0.2 swimming
pools (4 lane x 25m) 163 fitness stations, 2.7 indoor bowls rinks and 4.4 ATPs in terms of current population. These
deficiencies increase as the population increases to 2020 to 1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, 3 4 badminton court sports halls, 356
fitness stations, 2.7 indoor bowls rinks and 2 ATPs.

Local Standards of provision should reflect the need to address these deficiencies and facilitate provision of the identified sports
facilities, to ensure opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity are maintained, and arguably extended, given the
poor health in the Borough. On this basis, it is suggested the following should be adopted as Local Standards for sports facility
provision in Luton Borough:

 FACILITY TYPE                                          Local Standards of Provision per 1000 population
 Sports Hall (4 badminton Court)                        0.31 courts /52.7 sq m sq m
 Swimming Pool (4 lane x 25m)                           11.26 sq m
 Fitness Stations (20+ gym)                             3.35 stations
 Indoor Bowls                                           0.05 rink s
 ATPs                                                   0.04 pitches


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Quality Standards
The quality of the existing LBC sports facilities will need to be maintained, and in the case of School facilities these need to be
improved through BSF where possible.

The future standard of provision for new facilities should be:

    The sports facilities are to be designed to a minimum playing standard of ‘fit for purpose’ depending on the terminology of
     the various national governing sporting bodies and Sport England Guidance.
    External elevations to utilise high quality, low maintenance finishes, and be sympathetic to the surrounding environment.
    Finishes being robust and suitable for location and use.
    Building fabric and services to be cost effective with low maintenance.
    First major maintenance to structure to be 50 years. Life expectancy of materials used to external elevations to be 25
     years minimum (excluding routine maintenance).
    Sustainable, being responsible to environmental issues in terms of the use of energy and non-sustainable resources and
     the control of pollution. Use of environmentally friendly and sustainable building services and building materials to be
     maximised. Materials to be recyclable where possible.
    Services to be essentially economic and environmentally friendly, which allow cost in use to be minimised. The use of
     natural ventilation to be maximised. Full life cycle cost analysis will be required when considering the building fabric and
     services

Accessibility Standards
The development of accessibility standards for the Borough needs to reflect the urban nature of the area. As discussed earlier,
all existing pay and play accessible sports facilities are located in and around the main town.

Given the current spatial distribution of sports facility provision in the Borough, the locations of the Growth Area, and the urban
nature of the area, accessibility standards will need to be based in realism, and how communities actually access provision.
Issues such as transporting children, sports kit etc will also need to be considered in relation to access. These latter in
particular suggest that users of sports facilities will continue to access provision by car.

It is suggested that accessibility standards reflect the above and the findings of the spatial and supply and demand analysis.
On this basis the following standards could be adopted:

    New sports facility provision should be located within a 20 minute walk time of its immediate catchment area, and where
     possible, should be linked to existing community provision e.g. education site,

    All sports facility provision should be within a 20 minute drive time of its surrounding catchment area, and where possible
     and appropriate, depending on the nature of provision, should be located adjacent to other community provision, to
     facilitate access and reduce the overall need for travel around the Borough

Recommendation 8 – Increase Participation
The provision of opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity across the Borough should be supported as a key
priority given its potential to contribute positively to improved health, reduced obesity and social inclusion. Appropriate
resources should continue to be made available to improve awareness of provision, increase accessibility and deliver sport
development programmes to increase and retain participation.

Recommendation 9 – Review and Update Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS)
Given that the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy is now out of date and the fact that the methodology for undertaking Playing Pitch
Assessments and Strategies was updated in 2007, it is recommended that a new assessment and strategy is developed based
on a comprehensive review and update of the existing work. This process should include a new qualitative assessment of both
pitches and changing provision in the Borough, as well as future Team Generation Rates (TGRs) for Luton.




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In addition, the new PPS should include a comprehensive review of the current and future needs of local sports clubs, and
particularly football and cricket, in terms of their use of LBC owned land and facilities. It will be important to involve NGBs eg
Beds FA in this process.

The new PPS should link to and reflect the Luton and South Bedfordshire Green Space Strategy and the South Bedfordshire
PPS, given the population growth in the two areas, and the joint approach being taken to planning between the two local
authorities.

Recommendation 10 - Strategy Implementation
In order to commence the implementation of the Luton Sports Facilities Strategy, it is recommended that the following additional
work in undertaken:

    Feasibility Study for the replacement of Wardown Pool
    Feasibility Study for the development of a major new sub-regional, joint facility in the Growth Area
    FPM assessment of potential sites for new pools; this will assist in identifying the optimum location for new and
     replacement facilities in terms of catchment areas and overall accessibility to the community, linked to the level and
     location of existing facilities in the Borough.
    Consideration of how best to provide the identified level of additional facility provision, and specifically in the Growth Area;
     i.e. is it better to extend Lea Manor and Putteridge Sports Centres, develop new provision on the site of new secondary
     schools provided for the Growth Area, or develop one new sub-regional facility, plus more local facilities (not swimming) on
     new school sites? These issues will need to be tackled in the feasibility study referred to above.
    Development of an Action Plan to deliver the strategy recommendations
    Ensure the appropriate policy e.g. sports facility provision in new development, new sports facility provision, dual use sites
     etc is developed to reflect the strategy recommendations and feed into the LDF and the South Bedfordshire and Luton
     Greenspace Strategy

Recommendation 11 - Monitoring of Strategy Implementation
Given the time period covered by this strategy, and the fact that there is likely to be ongoing change in relation to population
growth, and the provision of community services, it is recommended that this strategy and its recommended actions are
reviewed on a five year basis.




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           Introduction
1.1        Strategic Leisure Limited (Strategic Leisure) was appointed by Luton Borough Council (LBC) and Active Luton (AL) in
           September 07 to develop a Sports Facilities Strategy for the Borough. SLL was asked to develop this work given the
           research and analysis undertaken to prepare the regional Sports Facilities Strategy (‘Creating Active Places’), and the
           final draft County Sports Facilities Strategy (‘Active Bedfordshire and Luton’), both of which have informed this
           strategy.

1.2        The Sports Facilities Strategy for Luton ‘fits’ within the strategic framework for planning for future sports facility
           provision as follows:

                                              Creating Active Places (Regional Framework)




                                            Active Bedfordshire and Luton (County Framework)




                     Luton Sports Facilities Strategy (local priorities responding to local needs and issues)

1.3        The focus of this strategy is indoor and outdoor sports facilities; provision of these facilities and how provision may or
           may not link into the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme in the Borough and in planning for the
           infrastructure required to service the Growth Area is critical in terms of the future strategic planning for sports facilities
           provision at local level.

1.4        This strategy links to the developing Green Space Strategy for Luton Borough and South Bedfordshire District
           Councils, and reflects the 2003 work undertaken for facilities managed by LBC Parks Services e.g. playing pitches and
           pavilions. It also includes an update on the position with regard to this provision, but no additional work on pitch or
           pavilion assessment was included in the strategy brief. The strategy focuses on facilities, rather than activities, as it is
           through the provision of facilities that activities are provided.

1.5        The sports facilities strategy sets the scene in full for Luton’s position in relation to sports facility planning. It identifies
           the drivers for change e.g. population growth, age and quality of existing facilities, increased participation targets etc.
           It also reflects CPA feedback, the Local Area Agreement, the Community Strategy, Corporate Plan, Cultural Strategy,
           and the Local Development Framework (LDF) etc.

1.6        Based on consultation and research, the Sports Facilities Strategy sets out a framework for planning and developing
           future provision of indoor and outdoor sports facilities in Luton and sets clear objectives to be achieved which take
           account of the contributions made by the full range of partners and local providers. It is also clear about the need for
           investment, its level and nature, linkages to BSF etc.

1.7        This approach to the future strategic planning of sports facilities is crucial for the Borough given a number of key
           factors at local level, such as detailed overleaf:




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            POPULATION GROWTH
             The significant increases in population around Luton, and specifically to the west of Luton as a result of the
               development of 14,400 new homes
             The development of up to 4,000 new homes proposed at Luton East

            PARTICIPATION                                           BSF
             The current very low levels of participation in        The implementation of BSF - the first initiative of the
               sport and physical activity in the Borough;              programme in Bedfordshire and Luton
               55.1% of Luton residents aged 16+do not
               participate in physical activity at all
               (participation is lower in Luton than in the East
               of England Region and England) Source
               Active People data 2007
             There is a significant drop off rate in terms of
               participation post 16, as the PE and School
               Sport Club Links Strategy (PESSCL Strategy)
               data (2006) for the Borough shows that 87%
               of students have access to 2 or more hours of
               curriculum PE (Luton Schools Sports
               Partnerships). The Partnership is now
               working towards the achievement of 2 plus 2/3
               i.e. 2 hours of quality PE in curriculum time,
               and 2 or 3 hours of quality sport and physical
               activity out of school

            HEALTH                                                  PLANNING
             High levels of CHD, diabetes, and smoking,             The need to ensure investment in future provision of
               amongst the Borough’s residents                         sports facilities, and the potential to achieve this through
             Inactivity increases in the Borough with age,            identification of priorities which inform the Local
               and is also particularly high for both females          Development Framework (LDF)
               and those aged between 16-34                          Deficiencies in public open space identified in the Parks,
             Luton Borough also has much higher levels of             Playing Pitches and Open Space Strategy 2003, and in
               inactivity than any of its geographical, Indices        the developing Green Space Strategy for Luton and South
               of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) or Office of              Bedfordshire
               National Statistics(ONS) neighbours across           
               the 16-54 age group


           Rationale for the Luton Sports Facilities Strategy
1.8        Luton Borough Council (LBC) and Active Luton (AL) identified the need for a sports facility strategy to assist in guiding
           the future provision of a range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities in Luton. The need for a clear and prioritised
           framework for future investment in sports facility provision is particularly critical given the likely residential
           developments in and around Luton over the next five to ten years, and the fact that many of the existing facilities are in
           a poor condition, and are not fit for purpose.

1.9        The three developments for the Borough which are specifically relevant to the future provision of sports facilities are
           the development of the Green Space Strategy for Luton and South Bedfordshire, Building Schools for the Future
           (BSF) and the ongoing review of the Council’s built assets.

1.10       This strategy will be used to guide and inform the nature and extent of resources, financial and operational, which are
           needed to ensure Luton has up to date, fit for purpose, accessible and welcoming sports facilities for both the existing
           community, and the new residents to the surrounding areas, many of whom are also likely to be employees in local
           businesses.




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1.11       The population growth in the area, both within the Borough e.g. around the town centre and outside the Borough
           boundary e.g. Houghton Regis area, area to the north of the Borough, will have a specific impact on Luton and its
           current range and level of community provision, including sports facilities. Given the size of Luton town, its proposed
           development, and the geographical location of the town, it is inevitable that new residents moving into the Growth area
           will look to the town for community facilities and services.

1.12       Whilst Luton will be in a position to provide for much of this demand, the future provision of sports facilities will need to
           be carefully considered. Given that a significant amount of the Growth Area is actually in South Bedfordshire, to the
           north of Luton, around Houghton Regis and Dunstable, and Leighton Linslade, there are opportunities for joint working
           to ensure the appropriate planning of provision. This would mirror the approach which is currently being taken by the
           two authorities in other areas, such as planning for population growth and the development of the Green Space
           Strategy.

           Strategy Scope
1.13       The scope of the strategy includes indoor built sports facilities (swimming pools, sports hall, indoor bowls, health and
           fitness, squash courts), outdoor sports facilities e.g. Artificial Turf Pitches (ATPs), Multi-Use Games Areas
           (MUGAs)which might provide for football, basketball, tennis etc, athletics tracks, golf courses and driving ranges,
           water sports facilities and grass pitches (based on information provided through the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy,
           which covers grass pitches in parks, open spaces and on school sites).

1.14       The strategy references, but does not assess pavilions i.e. changing provision for pitches, tennis and basketball courts
           as these facilities are included in the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy. It does not cover parks and open spaces, other
           than the obvious links between them and playing pitch provision, nor does it cover community centres.

1.15       The Strategy considers existing and planned facilities incorporating:

                Local authority leisure centres
                Voluntary sector sports clubs
                Private sector facilities
                Secondary schools that are being re-built or re-furbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme
                Primary Schools with community facilities e.g. MUGAs

1.16       Given the importance of the Growth Area to the future of the Borough, and also the provision of sports facilities, the
           supply and demand modelling for this strategy has been undertaken using two population statistics. All 2008
           modelling is based on the latest Government Actuary Department (GAD) population figures which were published in
           October 2007. In determining future population levels to 2021, the local estimates for growth have been used; these
           are referred to as the IDP (Integrated Development Programme) figures.

1.17       The Review of sub-national economic development and regeneration, announced by the Government in July 2007
           reinforces the need for robust sub-regional planning of physical development; IDPs have the potential to provide
           greater clarity for national, regional and sub-regional partners on the infrastructure required to unlock the benefits of
           growth and the timing of delivery to support the growth. Sports facilities need to be considered to be part of the social
           and cultural infrastructure needed for sustainable communities.

1.18       The process of IDP will be applied initially to the Regional Cities East areas, including Luton. (Source Creating Active
           Places October 2007).

           Strategy Drivers
1.19       The key drivers for the Strategy are:

               A growing population in the areas immediately adjacent to Luton e.g. Houghton Regis, area north of Luton
               The need for significant capital investment in existing LBC facilities
               The need for a specific decision on the future of Wardown Swimming Pool
               The need to decide on the future of some specialist facility provision in the Borough e.g. the Luton Diving Centre


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               Opportunities for partnerships – Building Schools for the Future (BSF) - Schools, National Governing Bodies
                (NGBs), Sports Clubs etc.
               The need to plan strategically and ensure sustainability of future provision
               The Local Development Framework (LDF), and Green Space Strategy for Luton and South Bedfordshire

           Luton Borough – A Profile
1.20       Luton is a large town located in the south of England, 30 miles north of central London. Historically, Luton was within
           the county of Bedfordshire, however since 1997, the town has been a unitary authority. It is, however, still within the
           county of Bedfordshire. Luton, along with its near neighbours of Dunstable and Houghton Regis form the
           Luton/Dunstable Urban Area, with a population of over 230,000.




           Source - Map re-produced from LBC website.

1.21       Luton is situated just off the M1, and is within easy reach of the M25. There are three railway stations serving the
           town, and one can be in the capital in 24 minutes.

1.22       Luton airport is located just off the M1, and is a fast expanding operation, with operators such as Easyjet flying to
           many global locations.

1.23       Luton has also historically been the location of Vauxhall Motors, who did operate a huge factory and offices from a site
           adjacent to the airport. Vauxhall Motors have now vacated this site and have relocated the production line out of
           Luton. In addition, the Borough’s football clubs is one of the oldest in the south of England.




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1.24       The population estimates for Luton to 2021 are shown below:

                                        2004 based sub national
            Local                                                             2021 population           Estimated Population
                                      population estimates (GAD,
            Authority                                                           (IDP figures)                 Increase
                                    published October 2007) for 2008

                                                                                                        12,700 (1,500 natural
                  Luton                         185,400                           197,600               growth; 10,700 growth
                                                                                                            area impact)

1.25       Bedfordshire and Luton is set for a period of unprecedented investment and growth. The Government has designated
           it as one of the four national growth areas with the expectation that by 2030 the population will have increased by
           approximately 185,000, in effect adding another town the size of Luton within the area. Bedfordshire’s population
           growth is expected to match that of the East of England region over the next 20 years; however it is expected to be
           somewhat lower in Luton itself. Luton is designated as a growth area in the Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM)
           Strategy.

1.26       Given the likely locations of the new residential developments, and therefore the growth in population, Luton BC and
           South Bedfordshire DC are working together to develop a Core Strategy which will plan for the impact of the growth
           area. Although much of the residential development will be outside the actual boundary of Luton, in reality, there will
           be significant impact on Luton, and therefore its facilities and services, given the scale of the population increase.
           Given this fact the supply and demand modelling for Luton reflects the population increase around its boundaries, to
           reflect the work of the Core Strategy and provide a consistent basis for future planning policy.

1.27       26,300 new homes will be provided in Luton and South Bedfordshire for the period up to 2021; an additional 15,400
           new homes will be provided to 2031.

1.28       The East of England Plan requires a further 1000 new dwellings to be provided in South Bedfordshire (outside
           Luton/Dunstable/Houghton Regis/Leighton Linslade by 2021. On the basis of these requirements, a total of 42,700
           new homes provide the basis for future population estimates. In addition there are likely to be a further 3000 -4000
           new homes built in North Hertfordshire (to the east of Luton) by 2021 (Source: Regional Spatial Strategy 2004), which will
           also impact on the demand for, and provision of, community services in Luton Borough.

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1.29       The population figures used for this strategy do not include the new population which will live in this residential
           development as discussions are still ongoing on the exact location and scale of residential growth. However, it is
           important to note the potential impact of such residential development; additional people will increase demand for all
           services including the provision of sports facilities, and therefore identified deficits in current and future provision (see
           Section III) will only be exacerbated by additional population growth on this east side of the Borough. The likely
           additional level of population growth, based on the fact that 30% of the new homes will provide for existing residents is
           in the region of 2,680 homes, with a population of around 5,000. The modelling undertaken showing the impact of 5%-
           15% additional population in the Borough covers the impact of this additional residential growth, and its impact on
           provision of sports facilities in Luton, although the development itself will actually be in North Herts.

1.30       It is important to recognise that not all the new houses will be occupied by people moving into the area; around 30% of
           the new homes are likely to be occupied by existing residents of either Luton or South Bedfordshire. This approach
           also reflects the growing number of one person households. (Source: Based on analysis of the trends in population growth
           in the region (Draft East of England Plan, Regional Spatial Strategy for the East of England – Summary paper on demographic
           information 2005).

1.31       There is a concern that Luton’s population is already under-estimated by up t0 20,000 based on the fact that the town
           has a very high Asian population (who tend to live in households of very high numbers), is home to many eastern
           European immigrants (who may not officially ‘exist’ as residents), and the demand for primary school places is rising
           so rapidly new schools will need to be provided. These factors themselves are likely to result in some movement of
           existing population. Even if the current population levels were to rise as a result of re-calculation, the overall
           implications and conclusions of the facility assessment, and supply and demand modelling would not change. To
           illustrate the impact of the baseline 2008 population increasing by 5% - 15%, supply and demand modelling on these
           potential population levels is included in Section III.

1.32       The current age breakdown for Luton is summarised in Table 1 below:

                                                                                         Government Actuary Department
                                               Luton                  % of               (GAD) 2004-based population
            Age Range                          Population             Population         figures, 2008
            0-4                                      13,286                7.1%                         14.5
            5-9                                      13,521                7.2%                         12.2
            10 - 14                                  13,868                7.9%                         11.9
            15 - 19                                  12,930                6.9%                         12.7
            20 - 24                                  14,748                7.9%                         15.0
            25 - 29                                  13,572                7.3%                         14.7
            30 - 34                                  15,203                8.2%                         12.8
            35 - 39                                  14,515                7.8%                         13.6
            40 - 44                                  12,599                6.8%                         13.7
            45 - 49                                  10,524                5.7%                         12.2
            50 - 54                                  10,886                5.8%                         10.3
            55 - 59                                   8,716                4.7%                          9.3
            60 - 64                                   7,874                4.3%                          8.7
            65 - 69                                   7,129                3.8%                          6.7
            70 - 74                                   5,613                3.1%                          6.5
            75 - 79                                   4,263                2.3%                          4.8
            80 - 84                                   2,751                1.5%                          3.2
            85 - 89                                   1,607                0.8%                          2.5
            90 and over                                766                 0.4%                        185.4
            Totals
           N.B Figures may not equal 100% due to rounding

1.33       Luton’s population is generally ageing; the exception to this is the inward migration of young people, often from
           Eastern Europe. Both these factors have implications for the nature of future sports facility provision.


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           Luton Population Profile




1.34       A summary of the growth impact for the Luton and South Bedfordshire local authorities is set out overleaf:

           Table 1a Summary of the growth impact for the existing Bedfordshire and Luton local authorities
                              2004 based sub national population
            Local                                                         2021 population
                              estimates (GAD, published October                                    Estimated Population Increase
            Authority                                                       (IDP figures)
                                         2007) for 2008
                                                                                                                12,200
            Luton                           185,400                            197,600               (1,500 natural growth; 10,700
                                                                                                          growth area impact)
                                                                          128,100 (158,100
            South
                                            117,500                      Bedfordshire County                   40,600 *
            Beds DC
                                                                           Council figures)
                                                                          325,700 (355,700
                                                                                                      52,800 overall population
                                                                              based on
               TOTAL                        302,900                                                increase (includes natural and
                                                                         Bedfordshire County
                                                                                                       growth area increases)
                                                                           Council figures)
                                                                                                    51,300 increase as a result of
               Growth
                                                                                                    the Growth Area (included in
                Area
                                                                                                         above total figure)

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1.35       Based on the above table, modelling of facility supply and demand for Luton and South Bedfordshire reflects the scale
           of the growth area i.e. 22,800 additional residents in the area. IDP figures have taken into account the fact that not all
           the development will be occupied by new residents to the area.

1.36       Key elements of the growth agenda are:

                There are proposals for 42,700 new dwellings in Bedfordshire with a number of those planned within the
                 Luton/Dunstable/Houghton Regis urban expansion (41,700).
                Overall Growth Area population increase of 52,800; of this around 10,700 is the increase ascribed to Luton,
                 and 40,600 to South Bedfordshire *(population increase is based on projections from Bedfordshire County
                 Council; it is important to note that the local population figures for the adjoining authorities of Luton and South
                 Bedfordshire have different sources. The rationale for this is that there is a concern from both authorities that the
                 higher estimates should be used to ensure future planning is based on the highest potential population growth,
                 especially given the fact that Luton’s current population may be under-estimated. The IDP figures for Luton show
                 an increase, whereas the Bedfordshire Councty Council figures for the same Borough show a decrease. The IDP
                 figures for South Bedfordshire do not reflect as high a population growth as do the Bedfordshire County Council
                 figures.)
                Potentially, up to a further 4,000 new dwellings at Luton East in the North Herts area;
                On the basis of this split in terms of population growth, the impact to be considered for Luton is 12,200 (10,700 +
                 1,500, plus the growth in North Herts.). However, given previous comments regarding where new residents will
                 expect to access community services, it is felt more realistic to model supply and demand on the overall impact of
                 the growth area, plus natural growth i.e. base impact on 22,800 population increase, as the IDP population figure
                 reflects internal and inward migration.
                Enhancements to road and rail networks will offer the potential to become a transport hub.
                The Bedfordshire and Luton Strategic Green Infrastructure Plan, developed by the Green Infrastructure
                 Consortium (GIC) includes eleven corridors creating a strategic green infrastructure network. With the county’s
                 population set to grow significantly this plan is part of Bedfordshire and Luton’s effort to ensure the environment is
                 protected and sustained for current and future generations to enjoy. The document is designed to ensure that
                 green infrastructure is planned in advance of growth area development.
                Potential expansion of London Luton Airport – If the development proceeds, there will be an from 8 million to 30
                 million passengers by 2030. It is estimated that for every additional million passengers through the airport a
                 further 1,000 associated jobs will be created.

           Ethnicity
1.37       The population of Luton is made up of 28% ethnic minorities (Source Corporate Plan Addendum 2007-2008); this is just
           over twice the national average. I n comparison with other local areas, e.g. Bedford Borough at 19.2%, South
           Bedfordshire at 6.6% and Mid Bedfordshire at 5.4%, it is clear that Luton has a very high concentration of ethnic
           minorities. Given this fact, it is also clear that English is not the first language for many of the Luton community; these
           are issues which need to be reflected in providing for sports facilities and services in the town.

1.38       Luton is very ethnically diverse, with 3 in 10 people coming from a minority ethnic group, the largest of which is Asian.
           This is displayed in the table below:


               Ethnic Group                                           Luton            East of England Region          England
               White (%)                                                       71.9                     95.12               90.92
               Mixed Ethnicity (%)                                             2.56                      1.08                1.31
               Asian or Asian British (%)                                     18.27                      2.26                4.58
               Asian or Asian British; Indian (%)                              4.09                      0.95                2.09
               Asian or Asian British; Pakistani (%)                           9.23                      0.72                1.44
               Asian or Asian British; Bangladeshi (%)                         4.14                      0.34                0.56
               Asian or Asian British; Other Asian (%)                         0.81                      0.25                0.48
               Black or Black British (%)                                      6.34                       0.9                 2.3
               Black or Black British; Caribbean (%)                           4.15                      0.49                1.14
               Black or Black British; African (%)                             1.74                      0.31                0.97

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               Ethnic Group                                          Luton            East of England Region          England
               Black or Black British; Other Black (%)                        0.45                       0.1                0.19
               Chinese or Other Ethnic Group (%)                              0.93                      0.65                0.89
           (Source: Figures taken from 2001 Census)

           Deprivation
1.39       Bedfordshire is perceived as being an affluent area, but an analysis of the index of multiple deprivation 2004 shows
           pockets of significant need in the county, with Luton the most deprived area. In the lowest scoring 10% of wards in
           England, 7 are in Bedfordshire and particularly Luton. The most deprived wards in the Borough are: Biscot, Dallow,
           and Northwell. Luton has 39 Super Output Areas (SOAs), which are in the top 10% in the East of England. These
           cover most of the town centre, the south, High Town, Marsh Farm, Lewsey Farm, and Farley wards. In the county as
           a whole, 27% of the 16-74 age group have no qualifications; however, in Luton this number is 31%.

           Economy and Employment
1.40       Unemployment in Bedfordshire is 1.6%, while in Luton it is 3.1%, roughly double the county average. Distribution of
           employment is in line with national and regional figures, although manufacturing, retail and motor related industries still
           represent significant, but declining, areas of the local economy.

1.41       The Bedfordshire and Luton Economic Development Partnership (BLEDP) estimate that 50,000 more jobs are needed
           in the region by 2021. This will contribute to the reduction in the number of people out-commuting and prevent the
           area becoming a dormitory location.

           Health
1.42       Local authority health profiles are designed to show the health of people in each local authority area, and include
           comparisons with other similar populations. Profiles are produced by Public Health Observatories and are updated
           annually. With other local information e.g. Community Plans, Local Area Agreements, these profiles demonstrate
           where action can be taken to improve people’s health and reduce inequalities.

1.43       Key points extracted from the Luton 2007 profile:-

                 On average, men and women in Luton live shorter lives than in England as a whole. The rate of early deaths from
                  heart disease and stroke is higher than average. Men living in the most deprived fifth of areas can expect to die
                  4.7 years younger than men in the least deprived fifth. For women the gap is 6.0 years.
                 The death rate from smoking is higher than average: smoking kills over 250 people a year.
                 The proportion of people with recorded diabetes is higher than the England average. A high proportion of people
                  consider their health to be 'not good'.
                 Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, sexual health, smoking and obesity have all been identified as
                  priorities in the PCT’s health strategy.
                 The teenage pregnancy rate is similar to the England average.
                 The population is ageing

           Luton Participation Profile

           Active People
1.44       The results of the recent Sport England Active People Survey (October 2005 – October 2006) shows that the
           percentage of adults participating in at least 30 minutes moderate intensity sport and active recreation (including
           recreational walking) on 3 or more days a week in Luton is 17.8% compared to the national average of 21.8% and
           compared to higher participation rates in other areas of Bedfordshire. Volunteering in sport results in Luton is 4.8%, a
           figure which is again below the national average of 5%. The table below highlights the participation and volunteering
           rates for the individual local authorities within Bedfordshire with Bedford and Mid Bedfordshire displaying the best
           results.

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           Table 2: Participation and Volunteering Rates
               Area                         Participation Rate*     Comparison to         Volunteering        Comparison to national
                                                                    national average      Rates**             average
               Bedford Borough              22.1                    Yellow                6.4                 Green
               Luton UA                     17.8                    Red                   4.8                 Yellow
               Mid Bedfordshire             22.7                    Yellow                5.5                 Yellow
               South Bedfordshire           20.8                    Yellow                5.3                 Yellow
           * National average for participation rates is 21.3% (Local Authority) and 21.8% (County Council)
           ** National average for volunteering rates is 5% (Local Authority) and 5.4% (County Council)

1.45       The following colour code indicates how the overall Bedfordshire and Luton results compare with the national average:

                 Bottom 25%                   Red
                 Middle 50%                   Yellow
                 Top 25%                      Green

1.46       Luton has very low participation rates in sport and physical activity, and is in the middle 50% of local authorities in
           terms of volunteering in sport.

           Luton Activity Profile
1.47       The following identifies the results of adult (16+) sports participation for Luton, showing comparisons with regional and
           national figures. More importantly the profiles provide analysis against areas with similar demographics and other
           characteristics. (Source – Active People Survey, December 2006)

           Table 3 Luton Activity Profile
               LOCAL
                                            KEY POINTS
               AUTHORITY
                                             Zero participation was higher in the lower socio-economic groups (5-8) when compared
                                              to the higher socioeconomic groups (1-4).

                                             55.1% of the respondents reported zero activity, this figure was slightly lower for males
                                              but this rose to two thirds for females.


                                             Overall participation rates are low in Luton with only one in six reporting sport or
                                              recreational activity on 3 occasions a week. Female participation was lower than this and
                                              dropped to one in seven.

                                             Participation is higher for the 16-34 age group and Luton had one of the highest rates
                                              when compared to its geographical neighbours and its IMD and ONS areas. However
                                              participation reduced for the older age groups and only one in fourteen people over 55
               Luton
                                              reported activity on 3 occasions a week.

                                             Two out of five people aged 16-34 reported no activity and this rose with the older age
                                              groups to three out of four in the over 55s.

                                             The sample size of the respondents with limiting longstanding disability was quite small.
                                              However the percentage was higher for 3 occasions a week than the East and England
                                              figure.

                                             Participation amongst the higher socio-economic groups (1-4) on 3 occasions a week
                                              was much higher than the lower socio-economic groups (5-8).

                                             GreenSTAT data used by LBC Parks Service, highlights that parks are used most
                                              regularly by local residents in the summer (around 32% of respondents to the survey

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               LOCAL
                                            KEY POINTS
               AUTHORITY
                                              stated that they visit parks on a daily basis in the summer), while there are fewer visit to
                                              parks in the winter (around 24% visit on a daily basis in the winter). This data
                                              demonstrates that activity of a more informal nature is also undertaken by residents of the
                                              Borough.


           Market Segmentation
1.48       Sport England has recently developed the Market Segmentation tool (See Appendix 7). This tool facilitates further
           detailed analysis of the needs and demands for sports facility provision at local level, by identifying 19 user profiles,
           based on what facilities they use, or might want to use, how often they would access them, for which activity, and
           when.

1.49       In Luton, the segment which is the most above the national norm is segment 9 Pub League Team Mates. The
           segment most below the national norm is segment 3 – Fitness Class Friends. This suggests that there is a need to
           ensure appropriate provision is made for access to facilities providing for football, fishing, weight training and
           increasingly snooker, pool, darts, and weight lifting. This is supported by the fact that the largest segment in Luton is
           Pub League Team Mates (segment 9). In addition, all segments identify provision needs relating to fitness and
           swimming facilities, and recreational walking and cycling. Participation in badminton, yoga, golf, aerobics, tennis and
           road running is also growing across all the segments. The smallest segment in Luton is that of Comfortable Retired
           Couples (segment 17). This segment has a propensity to participate in golf, bowls, keep fit, tennis and shooting.

           Summary
1.50       The demographic and participation analysis, coupled with the other strategic issues identified, mean that the following
           key factors need to influence future provision of sports facilities in Luton:

                The Growth Area and the impact of a significant population increase over the next 20 years
                The urban nature of the District
                The largest population group is those aged 30-44
                There are high numbers of young people in the Borough
                There is a high % of minority ethnic groups in the District (28%, predominantly Asian)
                There is a growing migrant population, mostly from eastern Europe
                Luton is the most deprived area in the County; 7 of Bedfordshire’s wards are in Luton. There are in addition, 39
                 Super Output Areas (SOAs)
                There is high unemployment and low educational attainment
                Life expectancy in Luton is lower than in surrounding districts, and the population is ageing
                There are high rates of smoking, diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), mental and sexual health, and obesity
                Adult participation rates in sport and physical activity are 17.8%, well below the average for England; over 55% of
                 the population do not take part in any regular activity; this is specifically relevant to females
                Whilst participation rates are highest in the 16-34 age group, a significant number of individuals do no participate
                 regularly
                Significantly fewer people in lower social-economic groups participate in sport and physical activity on a regular
                 basis; the same is true in the 55+ age group

1.51       Given the above, it is clear that sports facility provision needs to be both accessible and affordable, and provide a wide
           range of cultural needs. The contribution that regular participation in sport and physical activity can make to improved
           health is critical to optimise at local level, given the issues identified above. The low participation rates do reflect the
           population profile as different minority groups may not perceive it as important to be active, or there may be specific
           factors which inhibit involvement e.g. Asian women need facilities which can offer at least some level of privacy. (A
           very successful Asian women’s swimming session does run from Denbigh Swimming Pool, but demand is greater than
           capacity).




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1.52       It is as important, moving forward, to provide quality and appropriate facilities as it is to promote the value of sport and
           physical activity, and the positive contribution it can make to individuals’ lives. Future provision should provide for both
           younger and older people; facility design needs to reflect the needs of different cultural minorities to ensure
           accessibility for all.




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           National Context
2.1        The national context which informs the overall need for a strategic approach to the future planning of sports facilities at
           local level is summarised in Table 1, Appendix 3; this demonstrates the Government priorities in relation to health,
           physical activity and increasing participation.

                               National Context for Sport                                       Regional Context for Sport
                   DCMS Game Plan (2002)                                              East of England Plan for Sport –Document
                   Sport England The Framework for Sport: A Vision for                 Review
                    2020 (2003)                                                        Healthy Futures, A Regional Health Strategy for
                   Everyday Sport, Sport England                                       the East of England 2005 - 2010
                   Choosing Health: Making Healthy Choices Easier:                     Active East: A Physical Activity Strategy
                    Department of Health White Paper Executive                          Framework for East England (2006)
                    Summary (2004)                                                     East of England Development Agency –
                   Public Sport and Recreation Services, Making them                   Economic Impact Study of the London 2012
                    Fit for the Future Audit Commission/Sport England                   Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
                   A Sporting future for All: The role of Further and                 Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the East of
                    Higher Education in Delivering the Government’s                     A shared Vision: the Regional Economic
                    Plan for Sport (DCMS/DfES)                                          Strategy for the East of England
                   Sport Playing its Part (Sport England / DCMS)                      England (EoE) / East of England Plan
                   Towards an Excellent Service (TaES)                                Revised Regional Housing Strategy for the East
                   Realising the Potential of Cultural Services, DCMS                  of England: Strategy Document 2005 – 2010
                                                                                       A Better Life - The role of culture in the
                   Tackling Social Exclusion
                                                                                        sustainable development of the East of England
                   Every Child Matters: Change for Children and Young
                    People’s Regulations
                   At Least Five a Week: A report from the Chief
                    Medical Officer (2003)
                   Sport England: Towards a Level Playing Field & A
                    Sporting Future for the Playing Fields of England
                   The Equity Standard – A Framework for Sport
                   The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy
                   UK Action Plan for Coaching
                   Physical Education School Sport and Club Links
                    Strategy (PESSCL 2002)
                   Sustainable Communities Strategy


2.2        Of particular relevance to this strategy is ‘Creating Active Places’ the East of England regional sports facilities strategy.
           At regional level, the Active Places Power + (Facilities Planning Model (FPM)) assessment for Bedfordshire identified
           that:

                  In relation to existing swimming pools, sports halls and health and fitness stations, there is actually sufficient
                   provision to meet current and future demand for provision, based on the total number of facilities in the County;
                   the issue is that not all existing facilities are available for pay and play use.

                  It is also a priority to improve access to existing provision wherever possible. If the identified issue of accessibility
                   is addressed in full, the provision of additional facilities is not a priority; however, given the age and condition of
                   many of the existing facilities across the County, it is a priority to replace, or refurbish existing provision to
                   improve quality and its fit for purpose nature.

                  If it is not possible to extend access to existing facilities, and/or there is the opportunity to replace ageing facilities,
                   new provision should be developed.




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2.3        The Bedfordshire and Luton County Strategy, ‘Active Bedfordshire and Luton’ final draft (due to be agreed by end
           March 2008) identifies that:

               The condition of many of the existing sports facilities in the County is poor and therefore they will need to be
                replaced

               Given the significant population growth predicted for the area there will also be a need for additional provision of
                swimming pools, sports halls, indoor bowls, ATPs and health and fitness stations.

               BSF provides a critical opportunity to address some of this need in Luton e.g. ATPs, sports halls

               If participation increases at a rate of %5 over the life of the strategy there will also be a need to provide additional
                facilities.

               All new facility development should be both fit for purpose and of a high quality

2.4        In Luton the strategy identifies the need for additional sports halls, and swimming pools, plus the replacement of
           Wardown Swimming Pool, given the age and condition of this facility. The County strategy (final draft) also highlights
           the potential for:

               Improved athletics provision at Stockwood Park,
               A County badminton facility, (possible a refurbishment of the Regional Sports Centre)
               A cricket ground to host junior age groups; a cricket centre, providing indoor and outdoor facilities to complement
                and extend the provision at Denbigh High School,
               Football – two strategic sites identified, linked to BSF
               Refurbishment of the Stockwood driving range and clubhouse
               A double ATP site for hockey
               An indoor netball facility (8 badminton court size),
               RFU Model 2 Venue at Luton Rugby Club
               An indoor facility for tennis in the north of the County
               Access to 8 badminton court hall for competitive volleyball

2.5        The detailed supply and demand modelling at local level within Luton and South Bedfordshire has been undertaken on
           the latest population data, plus local Bedfordshire County Council estimates (for South Bedfordshire) , which are more
           up to date than the population statistics used to inform the regional sports facilities strategy (‘Creating Active Places’)
           in 2007. This means that whilst identification of surplus and deficiencies in facility provision reflect each other in the
           three documents, the actual levels may differ.




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           Local Context

           Review of Strategic Documents
2.6        The local context for the development of the sports facility strategy is summarised below. Given the clear focus on improving health and overall quality of life in the Borough, there is
           potential for provision of sport and physical activity to play a key role in contributing to the achievement of these local objectives.

           Table 4 Local Context
            Local Authority           Strategic         Vision / Main Aim(s):                                                      Key Priorities
                                      Document
            Luton Borough             Corporate Plan    The Vision for Luton is:                                                   The Addendum to the Corporate Plan was published in November
            Council                   2005-2007                                                                                    2006. This sets out the following priorities for LBC:
                                                        ‘A safe, clean town, with a cohesive and caring community,
                                                        providing everyone with opportunities to live, learn, work and             N.B Info to add
                                                        play’

                                                        The main aims of the Corporate Plan are:

                                                            Environment
                                                            Transport
                                                            Leisure
                                                            Crime
                                                            Deprivation
                                                            Economic Regeneration
                                                            Education
                                                            Health and Social Care

                                      Community Plan    The Community Plan has six key themes:                                     A dynamic and creative town

                                                            A dynamic and creative town                                              More opportunities to enjoy sport, cultural and leisure activities,
                                                            Learning, skills and employment                                           the arts and non-vocational learning.
                                                            Sustainable communities with access to services                          Improving sports, leisure and cultural facilities.
                                                            Crime reduction
                                                            Health and social care                                                Learning, skills and employment
                                                            Quality of the environment
                                                                                                                                      A thriving business sector


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            Local Authority           Strategic   Vision / Main Aim(s):   Key Priorities
                                      Document
                                                                             A well-trained workforce able to fill well-paid jobs locally
                                                                             Low unemployment
                                                                             Successful university and colleges fostering new ideas, and
                                                                              enabling local people and visitors to attain a broad education to
                                                                              high standards
                                                                             Schools where education builds the foundation for lifelong
                                                                              learning and develops skills for future employment and
                                                                              citizenship

                                                                          Sustainable communities with access to services

                                                                             Shops, jobs, health services, public transport and leisure
                                                                              facilities are available in local neighbourhoods
                                                                             Services are affordable to those who need them and they have
                                                                              the information to make use of those services
                                                                             Equality of opportunity and diversity are valued and promoted
                                                                             People and local communities are empowered and are actively
                                                                              involved in shaping their lives and their future

                                                                          Crime reduction

                                                                             A reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour, local people to
                                                                              feel secure

                                                                          Health and social care

                                                                             Access for all to appropriate health care satisfying their needs
                                                                             People can lead healthy lives through a healthy diet, good
                                                                              quality housing, reduced pollution and improved incomes
                                                                             Reducing health inequality
                                                                             Supporting people to lead independent lives, ensuring they
                                                                              receive care if needed, helping carers to cope
                                                                             A safer Luton, with fewer accidents



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            Local Authority           Strategic          Vision / Main Aim(s):                                                      Key Priorities
                                      Document
                                                                                                                                    Quality of the environment

                                                                                                                                       A cleaner, greener Luton
                                                                                                                                       A safe and pleasant place to walk or cycle, with more journeys
                                                                                                                                        made by public transport
                                                                                                                                       Affordable housing for all, and no unfit housing
                                                                                                                                       Protected wildlife and uncultivated spaces

                                      Reshaping the      The Vision of Reshaping the Estate is to have properties:                  The Building Schools for the Future Programme (BSF), THE
                                      Estate - Asset                                                                                Primary Capital Programme and the Extended Schools’ Agenda
                                      Management             In the right place                                                    provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform and reshape
                                      Plan                   With the right space                                                  the corporate estate. Community sports and leisure facilities need
                                                             At the right cost                                                     to be part of this approach.

                                      Building           Services that cater for individual members of the community (e.g.          Where facilities exist on school sites, there is a need to improve the
                                      Schoools for the   leisure and sports activities, youth service, libraries, adult education   access to the general community, so as to improve financial viability
                                      Future (BSF) –     and community development) will support high schools in their role of      and to enable all sectors of the community to benefit from the
                                      Delivering         preparing young people for independence and adulthood. Accordingly,        facilities. Financial viability is key to ensuring that investment can
                                      Services to the    these services fit best with high school sites.                            take place to bring the facilities up to an acceptable standard.
                                      Community
                                      through Schools    The aim will be to enable all high schools that receive BSF funding to     All schools have and will continue to have sports facilities, which
                                      and BSF            make their facilities available for community use outside of normal        include sports halls; playing fields, tennis courts and some have
                                      Executive          school hours.                                                              swimming pools.
                                      Report (October
                                      2007)              Where schools are identified as being geographically well located and      There will need to be an equitable distribution of provision across
                                                         have sufficient site capacity to meet community needs during the           the Borough.
                                                         school day - the full opportunity offered by these sites needs to be
                                                         assessed and fully utilised. Schools will, as far as possible, be
                                                         designed to accommodate community use of the facilities.

                                                         The objective will be to improve the quality of service provision to the
                                                         community.

                                                         Shared use of facilities is to be encouraged


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            Local Authority           Strategic         Vision / Main Aim(s):                                                       Key Priorities
                                      Document
                                      The Parks,        Key points identified from the document are:                                The report highlights that some parks and open space are
                                      Playing Pitches                                                                               dominated by sport, identifies a slight overprovision of adult pitches,
                                      and Open          One of the main concerns is that Luton only has 7 sites that are over       an under provision in Junior pitches and teenage provision
                                      Spaces Strategy   7ha however these District Parks are evenly spread across the               generally. It recommends creating multi-functional parks and open
                                      – Final Report    borough, in the north and the east.                                         spaces that meet the needs of all users by resolving issues related
                                      (2003)                                                                                        to pitch provision and reconsideration of certain tennis and bowls
                                                           In view of the absence of sites which can provide larger and more       facilities.
                                                            significant facilities and the need to reduce traffic across the        It also highlights badly designed, located and poor quality buildings.
                                                            Borough it will be important that these larger sites are of excellent   It will also be important to ensure that pavilions are of good quality
                                                            and equal quality.                                                      and design and well incorporated into sites. Pavilions on larger sites
                                                            It will be necessary for some sites to contain specific facilities     should be specified to accommodate broader use including
                                                            such as golf or athletics which have a Boroughwide role which           accommodation for permanent ground staff, public toilets,
                                                            people will travel to use e.g. golf, athletics.                         refreshment facilities, basic information and community use.




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           Building Schools for the Future (BSF)
2.7        Luton’s approach to provision of sports facilities as part of BSF is summarised below (Source LBC Executive Report
           October 2007):

               Following completion of the BSF rebuild/refurbishment, all school sport facilities, including playing fields, should
                be made available to the community when not required by the school for teaching purposes. This would cover
                provision currently made through Active Luton, the Parks Service, Children and Young People’s Services.
               Schools should be encouraged to seek a partner through a best value procurement exercise to ensure effective
                management of a community sports and leisure programme.
               Shared use of the recreation centres at Lea Manor and Putteridge should be retained and continue to be
                managed by Active Luton. Active Luton proposes to improve the changing facilities to ensure greater community
                access during the school day. Areas of the facilities not benefiting from BSF funding should be refurbished to the
                same standard as those in receipt of funding.
               It will be essential to carefully dovetail the facilities management responsibilities currently held by Active Luton
                with those to be granted to the LEP.
               The existing dual use agreements need to be reviewed to ensure that community access is maximised and that
                the schools make a fair contribution towards the cost of their usage of the facilities.
               A third community sports facility may be provided at Addington Way. The business plan for this will be developed
                by Active Luton in conjunction with Luton Town Football Club. Every effort will be made to ensure maximum
                linkage between this and the new Challney Girls’ High School.
               As a result of the Growth area, and the developing Green Space Strategy, there is potential to use Growth Area
                funding to improve facilities to the north of Luton e.g. Great Bramingham Park; this site has the potential to
                accommodate a junior pitch, teenage provision and links into countryside routes for e.g. joggers.

2.8        The specific proposals for sports facilities to be included at each of the BSF Phase 1 schools in the Borough is as
           follows:

               Lea Manor School - Active Luton is proposing improvements to the Lea Manor Recreation Centre to facilitate
                greater use of the facilities by the community during the school day

               Barnfield West Academy (Halyard) - 1 x 4 court sports hall and 1 x ATP(floodlit)

               Barnfield South Academy (previously South Luton) 1 x 4 court sports hall and 1 x ATP(floodlit)

               Challney Girls’ School - 1 x 4 court sports hall and 1 x ATP(floodlit)




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           Current Sports Facility Provision in Luton
           Local Authority Sports Facility Provision
3.1        The existing LBC sports facilities are operated by Active Luton, a charitable Trust established by the Council in 2005.
           Other facilities in the Borough are managed by the Parks Service e.g. playing pitches, pavilions, and some provision is
           managed by schools, and community centres.

3.2        Active Luton operates a number of sports facilities including a dedicated athletics arena, an excellent public golf
           course with floodlit driving range, swimming pools and purpose-built leisure centres:-

               Hightown Community Sports and Arts Centre has a range of fitness classes and is becoming the base for a
                number of local community sports clubs

               Lea Manor Recreation Centre* is on the north west of the town and caters for many activities in its multi purpose
                areas

               Lewsey Park Pool, is a 25-metre pool set in Lewsey Park, providing community based water activity

               Luton Regional Sports Centre is the largest leisure centre in the town surrounded by 60 acres of sports
                fields/pitches, which are managed by the Parks Service. Facilities include a sports hall, fitness, squash courts and
                pitches

               Putteridge Recreation Centre* caters for a wide range of activities for all members of the community. Facilities
                include a pool, sports hall, fitness, climbing wall, squash courts and sauna

               Stockwood Park Athletics Centre is situated within Stockwood Park (managed by the Parks Service) and
                provides facilities for athletics training, plus a football pitch,

               Stockwood Park Golf Club - based in Stockwood Park this comprises 18 and 9 hole courses, plus a driving
                range

               Wardown Swimming Pool, the largest pool in the town, is located approximately half a mile from the town
                centre; the stand alone pool is 33.3m long x 14.7m wide, with ample spectator seating. There are a number of
                multi-purpose rooms which can be used for aerobics and similar activities, but there are no other formal sports
                facilities in the centre. The facility also used to provide diving facilities, plus an outdoor paddling pool and a lido.

                * Dual use sites

3.3        The above facilities are shown on Map 1, Appendix 4.

           Qualitative Site Visits and Assessment
3.4        Indoor site audits for sports facilities i.e. not pavilions and community centres were carried out using the Strategic
           Leisure non-technical proforma. This is based on industry best practice e.g. QUEST, national benchmarking service
           etc. It provides an assessment at a point in time based from a user perspective. The information obtained from the
           site visits was then transferred into a scoring system yielding the following results. As highlighted below there is a
           range of quality ratings from poor to excellent.

3.5        The main issue with the existing LBC facilities is their quality and condition, given the age they were developed, the
           fact that several are dual-use facilities and therefore have intensive usage, and the design of the provision. The key
           challenge is Wardown Pool, which is in very poor condition, and deteriorating rapidly.

3.6        It is a large building, which only houses a swimming pool; its design and condition result in a costly operation. The
           physical condition of the building is of concern in terms of health and safety, and longevity.



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           Table 5 - Indoor Facility Quality Scores
               Site Name                                                    Quality Score                     Quality Rating
               Hightown Community Sports and Arts Centre                        61%                               Good
               Lea Manor Recreation Centre                                      39%                               Poor
               Lewsey Park Pool                                                 46%                             Average
               Luton Indoor Bowls Club*                                        100%                             Excellent
               Luton Regional Sports Centre                                     43%                             Average
               Putteridge Recreation Centre                                     45%                             Average
               Stockwood Park Athletics Centre                                  40%                             Average
               Vauxhall Recreation Centre*                                      95%                             Excellent
               Wardown Swimming Pool                                            27%                               Poor
           * Key indoor sites, but not operated by Active Luton

3.7        There is also a need to provide better quality changing pavilions, and specifically more female changing facilities, plus
           additional junior pitches.

3.8        An aspiration has been identified to provide a cup final standard pitch.

           Education Sports Facility Provision
3.9        Within Luton there are a number of school sites providing sports provision, however the extent of community access to
           these facilities is at the discretion of the individual schools. Examples of good practice exist where school facilities are
           operated by Active Luton outside of curriculum time.

3.10       The 2003 Parks, Playing Pitches and Open Spaces Strategy identifies that some school playing fields are located in
           areas deficient in open space of recreational value e.g. Beechwood Primary School. There is a need to recognise the
           potential of such sites and the contribution they could make to public open space; this is an aspect which could be
           considered as part of the overall BSF approach to school assets.

3.11       In addition to pitch provision, limited fitness suites and sports halls, there are also some small pool facilities situated at
           several Luton High Schools with future working geared towards maximising their usage, (it is likely that some of this
           water will be lost through the BSF programme), as part of the overall Extended Schools ethos, which will be
           implemented through the BSF investment (LBC Reshaping the Estate). Schools with existing small pools are:

                 Challney High School For Boys & Girls & Community College
                 Denbigh High School - Specialist Sports College
                 Lealands High School
                 Barnfield South (existing pool likely to close)

           Voluntary Sports Facility Provision / Additional provision
3.12       In addition to sports halls, swimming provision and health and fitness, the following sites (some of which are managed
           by the LBC Parks Service), provide sport/leisure facilities for the residents of Luton:-

                 Lancaster Avenue Bowls Club, Lancaster Recreation Ground
                 Coral Squash Club, Lewsey Park
                 Wardown Park Airport Bowls Club
                 Ashcroft High School – 3G pitch

3.13       There are a large number of local sports clubs in the Borough, the main ones of which are listed below:
            Luton Town FC
            Luton & District Model Boat Club
            Stockwood Park Rugby Club
            Wardown Park Cricket Club
            Luton Indoor Bowls Club

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                 Kingfisher Diving Club
                 Luton Cricket League
                 Various boxing clubs
                 Luton Swimming Club
                 Lewsey Swimming Club
                 Putteridge Swimming Club
                 Chilterns Youth League

           Sport Specific Provision
3.14       In relation to sport specific provision in the Borough, consultation was undertaken with National and Regional
           Governing Bodies, the Bedfordshire and Luton County Sports Partnership and key clubs. The key needs have been
           identified as follows based on the study consultation undertaken. (Study consultees are identified in Appendix 1. A
           face to face meeting/telephone consultation was undertaken with each of the stakeholders, and their views on local
           needs are summarised below)).

               Sport               Identified Need
               Athletics                   Improvements to the existing athletics facilities at Stockwood Park to address training
                                            needs e.g. better access to field facilities as a result of a more balanced programming
                                            approach with football.
                                           Better spectating facilities
                                           Improved access to training times at the facility i.e. to avoid conflict with use of football
                                            pitch

               Badminton                   8 badminton court as a designated county venue

               Bowls                       Additional indoor rinks

               Boxing                      Need to improve the quality of existing facilities to cater for demand in the Borough

               Cricket                     Cricket Centre, indoor and outdoor provision
                                           Additional artificial cricket wickets in the Borough
                                           Security of tenure for club and squad practice sessions – these need to be linked to capital
                                            investment in indoor nets and equipment, to ensure club use is affordable and clubs can
                                            access facilities
                                           Increasing the extent of volunteer involvement, and the number of coaches

               Diving                      Needs an international facility – 10m board in Luton
                                           Need better quality indoor training facilities
                                           More access to water time

               Football                    Better quality grass pitches
                                           Larger sites, with more grass pitches on them, strategically located
                                           Better quality changing pavilions
                                           More training facilities e.g. multi-use games areas (MUGAS) around the Borough
                                           Additional ATPs – 3G

               Golf                        Improvements to the Stockwood Park driving range
                                           Increased pay and play access at existing courses in the area

               Hockey                      Double ATP facility (sand-filled)

               Netball                     Provision of a 2 court sports hall (8 badminton courts)

               Rugby                       Venue 2 Club – Luton RFC

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            Sport                  Identified Need
            Squash                         Better quality courts

            Swimming                       Wardown Pool is the main facility used by the clubs, plus some time at Lewsey Pool
                                            (predominantly used by Lewsey Swimming Club)
                                           Wardown Pool and other pools are well used by local schools for curriculum swimming
                                           Wardown Pool is also used by a canoe club
                                           The main issue for the local clubs is the lack of a pool suitable for competition i.e. a 25m x
                                            8 lane pool; such a facility would also be appropriate for training. Ideally a 50m pools
                                            should be provided, but given the capital cost of this scale of facility, a 10 lane x 25m pool
                                            would also meet the needs of clubs.

            Tennis                         An indoor venue in the north of the Borough

            Volleyball                     Access to an 8 badminton court facility for training

            Watersports                    No specific requirements for watersports provision was raised in relation to Luton;
                                            however, there are proposals to develop a watersports facility in South Bedfordshire which
                                            would provide for the local area
            Parks                          Tennis – upgrade of tennis courts at Memorial Park, Wardown Park and Lewsey Park.
            Services                       Pitches - upgrade surface of grassed pitches in District and Neighbourhood Parks.
            Facilities                     Bowls – Upgrade of pavilions in Wardown Park and Lancaster Avenue to DDA standard.
            (general                       Basketball – Provision of basketball court (Hockwell Ring)
            recreation)                    Refurbishment of Wardown Park Cricket Pavilion (Lower Sports Ground)
                                           Golf – refurbishment of the mini/crazy golf provision at Wardown Park (there is a natural
                                            progression from here to golf academy and then adult golf)
                                           Extreme sports – provision of skatepark, facilities for BMX and adventure play provision.


           Other Sports Facility Provision
3.15       In addition to the above, there has been a growth in privately owned and operated facilities across Luton, particularly
           around fitness. One of the larger facilities provided through the private sector is the Vauxhall Recreation Centre, a dry
           site which is home to most of the University of Bedfordshire, Luton campus sports facilities. Facilities include a
           Lifelines Fitness Studio, Bedfordshire Tennis Centre, Squash and provision to facilitate a number of outdoor sports.

3.16       All facilities mentioned above are detailed in the following audit.

           Stakeholder Consultation
3.17       A summary of key consultation feedback in relation to existing sports facility provision in Luton is included below; the
           full consultee list in included in Appendix 1. Views of stakeholders have been used to inform the strategy analysis and
           recommendations. This consultation reflects the strategic view of key stakeholders and not the community, although
           key sports clubs and individuals have been involved in the consultation process.

            STAKEHOLDER             KEY POINTS
            LBC Parks and                  Need to identify the specific facility needs of the growth area
            Regeneration                   4 main areas of potential population growth - Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard, North
                                            Luton, Putteridge to airport
                                           Need to link facility needs with identified priorities in the Luton and Bedfordshire
                                            Greenspace Strategy
                                           Need local standards of provision to inform SPD

            Sport England                  Need to identify needs of Growth Area


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            STAKEHOLDER             KEY POINTS
                                           Future population growth outside Borough and its impact needs to be factored into future
                                            facility investment
                                           Facility type and location, plus the surface type need to be identified
                                           Opportunity to link into planning framework e.g. S106

            Active Luton                   Need quality replacement facility for Wardown pool
                                           Existing facilities need investment
                                           Facility investment through BSF needs to be factored into overall facility framework
                                           Opportunity for cross boundary provision with South Bedfordshire DC
                                           Need consistent approach to accessibility and operational management across the
                                            Borough
                                           Opportunity to link into planning framework e.g. S106

            Leisure                        Quality and condition of existing facilities is a key issue
            Officers, LBC                  Need to replace Wardown Pool; also need to consider impact of facility relocation on
                                            diving facility
                                           Future provision needs to reflect local needs, including cultural needs of a diverse
                                            population
                                           Future provision needs to be affordable and sustainable
                                           Accessibility is key in relation to future facilities provision, including BSF facilities
                                           Opportunity to link into planning framework e.g. S106

            Capital Asset                  BSF – Council fast moving in relation to this, Luton is in Waves 3 and 6
            Management,                    There are particular issues in relation to pools and BSF – pools are not likely to be added
            Luton Borough                   to sites with exception of Denbigh Pool
            Council                        Lea Manor is first school to experience change via BSF
                                           School pool needs to remain at Denbigh High School – large Asian population using site

            Health &                       Priorities for health within the Marsh Farm estate at present are mental health, older
            Wellbeing                       people and disability. Women’s health regarding coronary disease is also a concern.
            Coordinator –                  The Trust is looking to develop a new well-being centre which would link into the Lea
            Marsh Farm                      Manor Recreation Centre. Timescale for centre completion is approximately 2 years,
            Community                       would be partly funded by Master plan developments
            Development                    Provision required in future:- (population is geared towards younger people and
            (consultation                   also very diverse population)
            focussed on                       Feedback has suggested that residents require something outside of the Recreation
            the specific                           Centre i.e. walking and cycling (have cycle routes, however the problem in area
            needs relevant                         seems to be in encouraging people to actively participate in anything)
            to this strategy)

            University of                  There are currently a number of changes taking place within the university due to the
            Bedfordshire                    merger. Sport is being looked at overall with some key decisions required by January
            (Sports                         2008.
            Department)                    University of Bedfordshire currently utilise the Vauxhall Recreation site for the majority of
                                            their sports facility requirements; however there are a few areas where the site cannot
                                            accommodate their needs
                                           University also requires more pitch space
                                           The future requirements in relation to sport/leisure provision must cater for the current
                                            needs in addition to more sports hall space as the University take on additional teams




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           Facility Audit
3.18       Using information extracted from Sport England Active Places Power and additional research, the following provides
           an overview of sport and leisure provision in Luton, specific to sports halls, health and fitness and swimming pools.
           This audit as shown in Tables 6, 7 and 8 provides the basis for the supply and demand modelling:

           Table 6 - Swimming Provision - Main + Learner Pools Only




                                                                                                         Accessibility
                                                                    Water Space




                                                                                                                            Water Space
                                                                                                                            Accessible
            Site Name




                                                                                   Access
                                                           Length




                                                                                                           Factor
                                              Width




                                                                        m2
            Bannatynes Health Club              10.0           20       200.0             Registered          25%                         50.0
                                                                                       Membership Use
            Challney High School For            12.0           25       300.0               Sports            65%                         195.0
            Boys & Girls &                                                             Club/Community
            Community College                                                            Association
            David Lloyd Club                    10.0           20       200.0             Registered          25%                         50.0
                                                                                       Membership Use
            David Lloyd Club*                    5.5           10        55.0             Registered          25%                         13.8
                                                                                       Membership Use
            Denbigh High School -               10.0           20       200.0               Sports            65%                         130.0
            Specialist Sports College                                                  Club/Community
                                                                                         Association
            Lea Manor Recreation                10.0           25       250.0           Pay and Play        100%                          250.0
            Centre
            Lealands High School                10.0           20       200.0               Sports            65%                         130.0
                                                                                       Club/Community
                                                                                         Association
            Lewsey Park Pool                    12.5           25       312.5           Pay and Play        100%                          312.5
            Otium Leisure Club*                  5.0           12        60.0             Registered         25%
                                                                                       Membership Use                                     15.0
            Putteridge Recreation               10.0           25       250.0           Pay and Play          65%
            Centre                                                                                                                        162.5
            Wardown Swimming Pool               14.7           33       489.5           Pay and Play        100%                          489.5
            Wardown Swimming Pool                7.3           18       133.6           Pay and Play        100%                          133.6
            Wardown Swimming                     4.0            6        24.0           Pay and Play        100%
            Pool*                                                                                                                   24.0
                                                                     2,674.60                             TOTAL                 1955.85 sq m
            * = not laned = 139 sq m
            25m pool space = 1,602 sq m
            Rest of laned water space = 933.60 sq m

           Table 7 - Sports Halls 3+ courts
                        Site Name             No of badminton                 Access          Accessibility              Accessible court
                                                   courts                                       Factor                       space
            Ashcroft High School                     4                      Sports               65%                           2.6
                                                                       Club/Community
                                                                         Association
            Cardinal Newman                            4                    Sports                65%                             2.6
            Catholic School                                            Club/Community
                                                                         Association
            Challney High School For                   4                    Sports                65%                             2.6
            Boys & Girls &                                             Club/Community
            Community College                                            Association

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                       Site Name               No of badminton              Access              Accessibility          Accessible court
                                                    courts                                        Factor                   space
            Denbigh High School -                     4                      Sports                65%                       2.6
            Specialist Sports College                                   Club/Community
                                                                          Association
            Halyard High School                         3                    Sports                  65%                       2.0
                                                                        Club/Community
                                                                          Association
            Hightown Community                          3                Pay and Play               100%                       3.0
            Sports & Arts Centre
            Icknield High School                        3                 Private Use                65%                       2.0
            Lea Manor Recreation                        4                Pay and Play               100%                       4.0
            Centre
            Lealands High School                        4                    Sports                  65%                       2.6
                                                                        Club/Community
                                                                          Association
            Luton Regional Sports                       5                Pay and Play               100%                       5.0
            Centre
            Luton Regional Sports                       5                Pay and Play               100%                       5.0
            Centre
            Luton Regional Sports                       5                Pay and Play               100%                       5.0
            Centre
            Luton Sixth Form College                    4                    Sports                  30%                       1.2
            (only used one night per                                    Club/Community
            week)                                                         Association
            Putteridge Recreation                       4                Pay and Play                65%                       2.6
            Centre
            Vauxhall Recreation                         4                 Private Use                30%                       1.2
            Centre
                                                60                                                 TOTAL                 53.08 courts
             4 courts and above = 51
             3 courts = 9
           N.B There are also some sports halls provided in community centres; however, this study focuses on halls of 3 badminton
           courts and above, to reflect the fit for purpose criteria for formal sport. Community centre courts, whilst providing for a level of
           participation are unlikely to provide facilities appropriate for significant community of club use, and provide more for the
           recreational participant.

           Table 8 - Health & Fitness - All Stations
                       Site Name                 No of stations             Access              Accessibility        Accessible Fitness
                                                                                                  Factor                 Provision
            Bannatynes Health Club                     100               Registered                25%                      25
                                                                       Membership Use
            Barnfield Health &                          22              Pay and Play                 25%                        6
            Fitness Suite
            Bodylines                                   50               Registered                  25%                       13
                                                                       Membership Use
            Curves                                      35               Registered                  25%                        9
                                                                       Membership Use
            David Lloyd Club                           170               Registered                  25%                       43
                                                                       Membership Use
            Denbigh High School -                       15               Education                   65%                       10
            Specialist Sports College
            Dimensions Health &                         57               Registered                  25%                       14
            Fitness                                                    Membership Use
            Fitness First For Women                     54               Registered                  25%                       14
                                                                       Membership Use
            Fitness First Health Club                   80               Registered                  25%                       20

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                       Site Name               No of stations           Access           Accessibility       Accessible Fitness
                                                                                           Factor                Provision
                                                                   Membership Use
               Gym 1                                 50            Registered                 25%                     13
                                                                   Membership Use
               La Phyzz                              22            Registered                 25%                     6
                                                                   Membership Use
               Lea Manor Recreation                  50              Pay and Play            100%                     50
               Centre
               Luton Regional Sports                 43              Pay and Play            100%                     43
               Centre
               Luton Sixth Form College              20              Education               30.%                     6
               Otium Leisure Club                    20              Registered              25%                      5
                                                                   Membership Use
               Power Craft                           24              Registered               25%                     6
                                                                   Membership Use
               Strides Fitness                      100              Registered               25%                     25
                                                                   Membership Use
               Vauxhall Recreation Club              45              Registered               25%                     11
                                                                   Membership Use
                                             1007                                           TOTAL                  316.00
               Total Supply 20+ stations - 992
               Supply 20 stations or less - 15
               Accessible supply – 20 +stations = 313

           Neighbouring Facility Provision
3.19       There are a number of key community facilities in the local authorities bordering Luton, which also provide facilities
           that may be used by Luton residents. These facilities include:

                 Dunstable Leisure Centre, Dunstable (South Bedfordshire)
                 Harpenden Sports Centre, Harpenden (St Albans City)
                 Redbourne Leisure Centre, Redbourne, (St Albans City)
                 Hemel Ski Centre, Hemel Hempstead- 180 m dry ski slope, nursery and training slopes, 3 ski lifts.
                 Dacorum Athletics Track, Hemel Hempstead- 400m, 8-lane, synthetic athletics track
                 Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City- full-size athletics track, driving range, synthetic pitches, 170m dry
                  slope, indoor clay tennis courts.
                 Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club- 10 tennis courts: 7 outdoor floodlit, 3 indoor cushioned acrylic, croquet lawns

3.20       Those which impact most on demand for facilities in Luton are Dunstable Leisure Centre, Harpenden Sports Centres
           and Redbourne Leisure Centre; realistically, it is the Dunstable facility which is likely to be most used based on the low
           level of car ownership in Luton, and the location of the sports facility.

3.21       There are also some specialist facilities in neighbouring areas which may be used by Luton residents:

                 Xscape, Milton Keynes- ski and snowboard (real snow), Airkix (indoor wind tunnel for skydiving), rock climbing,
                  health and fitness.

                 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes- built in 1995, used for field hockey until 2003. Previous home to MK
                  Dons Football Club. Expected to be redeveloped for community sporting use.

                 Denbigh Stadium- Home to MK Dons FC, 22,000 capacity.

                 Planet Ice, Milton Keynes- Ice skating rink used by the general public and ice hockey teams.

                 National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes


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           Supply and Demand Analysis
3.22       A number of key tasks have been undertaken to ascertain levels of demand for indoor sports facilities. These have
           principally consisted of:

               Demand Modelling using the Sport England Sports Calculator Model (SFC) and Active Places Power analysis to
                assess likely demand for Sports Hall and Swimming Pool facilities
               Demand Modelling using known market penetration rates for Health and Fitness facilities - 12% (Fitness Industry
                Association, 2007)
               Consideration of other local factors impacting on supply and demand

3.23       The Sports Facility Calculator uses the parameters that have been developed for the Sport England Planning tool for
           major community facilities, such as swimming pool, sports halls and indoor bowls centres. The usage parameters
           (derived from a number of sources including national user surveys, National Facility Benchmarking Service returns,
           and GHS and Time Use data) provides a representation of the use of sports facilities, based on observed behaviour.

3.24       Although the Sport England Demand modelling exercise is a useful tool for assessing supply and demand within an
           area, this method does not generically factor in accessibility which relates to the amount of pay and play community
           use. The private market bases its usage on membership packages and does not facilitate pay and play access to
           sites which reduces accessibility considerably within the Borough. School sites also have reduced accessibility due to
           predominately catering for curriculum requirements.

3.25       Table 6 above provides an accurate analysis of water space within Luton and takes into account the following
           assumptions:

               Active Luton facilities are accessible to 100% of the general public through the subsidy provided to the facilities
                and the pricing policies employed.

               Private sector facilities tend to be accessible to only a proportion of the population given the level of membership
                fee charged. An assessment of the official labour market statistics for Luton shows that 25% of the population
                falls within the categories of managers, senior officials and professional occupations.

               School sites tend to offer some limited community access usually between the hours of 5pm – 10pm (Monday-
                Friday) and limited opening during weekend hours. Due to this accessibility to education sites has been factored
                into all education facilities, including dual-use, at 65%.

           CPA Choice and Opportunity
3.26       The CPA Choice and Opportunity score for Luton is 20.11%; this highlights that only 20.11% of the population are
           within 20 minutes access (walking in urban area) to three sports facilities, one of which has a quality accreditation.
           This assessment emphasises that there is a need to retain the same level of provision in the Borough as a minimum,
           but that facilities could be re-located to improve access. This assessment also supports the case for opening up
           existing sports facilities which, for whatever reason, are not accessible for community use.




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           Current Facility Demand
           Table 9 Assessment of 2008 Supply and Demand
            Facility          Required Level of Supply in       Current Level of        Current Level of         Surplus (+)/Deficit
            Type              2008 (based on 2008               Provision 2008          Accessible               (-) (based on 212
                              population of 185,400 (2004                               Provision 2008           sq m being 1 x 4
                              based population                                          (based on                lane x 25m pool)
                              Government Actuary                                        accessibility for pay    of provision in
                              Department data, published                                and play usage)          2008
                              October 2007)
            Swimming          1,988.3 sq m                       1,602 sq m (of         1,956 sq m (of 25m x         -32.3 sq m
            Pools                                                 25m x 4 lane            4 lane pools and       (equivalent to 0.2
                                                                pools and above)               above)              x 4 lane x 25m
                                                                                                                        pools)

            Sports            55.3 badminton courts               60 courts (4            49.6 badminton          - 5.7 (equivalent
            Halls (4                                            badminton court          courts (4 + courts)          to 1.4 x 4
            badminton                                           halls and above)                                  badminton court
            court size)                                                                                             sports halls)

            Fitness           469 stations (based on             992 (gyms with          306 stations(gyms         - 163 stations
            Stations          population aged 15-74 years         20+ stations)          with 20+ stations)
                              and 12% participation rate
                              (FIA))

            Indoor            9.26 rinks                              8 rinks                  8 rinks                -1.3 rinks
            Bowls
            All               7.4 (based on 1 ATP :25,000                3                        3                      -4.4
            weather           population)                       N.B The existing all
            turf                                                  weather pitch in
                                                                 Lewsey Park has
            pitches
                                                                not been included in
            (ATPs)                                               the assessments
                                                                    because it is
                                                                currently out of use
                                                                due to its condition.



           Impact of Increased Population and Participation
3.27       Table 9 above illustrates the current supply and demand analysis for Luton. In terms of strategic planning for future
           provision of sports facilities, it is important to also consider the impact of both an increased population, and increased
           participation (modelled at a 13% increase ie 1% per annum over the life of the strategy).

3.28       Table 10 below models the impact of both increased population and increased participation on demand for facility
           provision. In terms of strategic planning for future provision of sports facilities, it is important to consider the impact of
           both an increased population, and increased participation (modelled at a 13% increase) as shown in Table 10. Any
           deficit in future provision based on population increase will increase more when participation increase is also taken
           into account..




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           Table 10 - Increased Population (to 2021) and Participation Impact
                                                                    Current Level      2021
                              Required Level of
                                                                    of Accessible      Surplus/Deficiency    Impact of 13 %
                              Supply by 2021
                                                                    Provision          in Provision,         increase in
                              (based on 2021
                                                                    (based on          based on the          Participation over
                              population of
                                                    Current         accessibility      difference            the life of the
                              197,600 (2004
            Facility                                Level of        for pay and        between required      strategy i.e. to 2021,
                              based population
            Type                                    Provision       play usage) in     level of supply and   (based on 2008
                              Government
                                                    (2008)          2008               2008 Accessible       population) in terms
                              Actuary
                                                                                       Provision (based      of facility
                              Department data,
                                                                                       on accessibility      requirements
                              published
                                                                                       for pay and play
                              October 2007)
                                                                                       usage)
            Swimming          2,225.12 sq m         1,602 sq m      1,956 sq m (of     -269.12 sq m (1.3 x   -438.66 sq m (2 x 4
            Pools             (10.5 x 4 lane x      (of 25m x 4      25m x 4 lane      4 lane x 25m pools)   lane x 25m pools
                              25m pools (212 sq      lane pools       pools and                              (212 sq m)). (This is
                              m))                   and above)          above)                               based on a need for
                                                                                                             2,394.66 sq m of 4
                                                                                                             lane x 25m).
            Sports            61.8 badminton         60 courts      49.6 badminton     12.2 courts (3 x 4    16.97 badminton
            Halls (4          courts (15.5 x 4          (4            courts (4 +      badminton court       courts (equivalent to
            badminton         badminton court       badminton           courts)        sports halls)         4.3 sports halls of 4
            court size)       sports halls)         court halls                                              badminton court
                                                    and above)                                               size). (This is based
                                                                                                             on a need for 66.57
                                                                                                             courts).
            Fitness           662 stations          992 (gyms              306         -356 stations(gyms    -374 (based on a
            Stations          (based on 15-74        with 20+        stations(gyms     with 20+ stations)    0.5% increase year
                              years population)      stations)          with 20+                             on year, which is the
                                                                        stations)                            current trend)
            Indoor            10.7 rinks (centres     8 rinks       8 rinks (centres   2.7 rinks (centres    -3.5 rinks (centres
            Bowls             with 3 rinks and       (centres       with 3 rinks and   with 3 rinks or       with 3 rinks and
                              above)                with 3 rinks         above)        above)                above). (This is
                                                    and above)                                               based on a need for
                                                                                                             11.53 rinks (centres
                                                                                                             with 3 rinks and
                                                                                                             above)).
            ATPs              8 (based on 1 ATP          3                 3                    -5                      -5
                              per 1000
                              population)

           Swimming Pools
3.29       Based on the above analysis of supply and demand, there is a very slight deficit in the current accessible supply of
           swimming provision; there is however a deficit of 269.12 sq m (1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools) by 2021 based on
           predicted population increase. This deficit is based on the population increase for the Borough set out in
           Section I. If this population increase was actually higher the level of deficit would increase.

3.30       This is critical given that there is concern that existing population levels may already underestimate the actual
           number of Borough residents. Based on population increases only, a 5% increase would increase the level of
           swimming pool deficit by 2021 to -269.2 sq m (1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, based on current accessibility) a 10%
           increase in population would increase the level of swimming pool deficit by 2021 to -375 sq m (1.7 4 lane x
           25m pools, based on current accessibility), a 15% increase in population would increase the level of
           swimming pool deficit by 2021 to - 459.6 sq m (2.2 4 lane x 25m pools, based on current accessibility). These
           figures exclude participation increase; if participation and population increases are considered as in Table 10
           above, the deficit in swimming pool provision increases substantially.


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3.31       What this illustrates is that whilst there is a future deficit in quality water space i.e. 25m pools, there is actually existing
           swimming pool provision in the Borough which is not all accessible on a pay and play basis i.e. commercial and some
           school-based provision. This is critical when considering future provision, and particularly so given that it is the
           intention to retain existing school pools, assuming they can be funded, as part of the BSF programme. It is also
           important to note that there is a lack of good quality 25m pools in the Borough, which provide for club training,
           competition and a range of community swimming uses.

3.32       If the above assessment for 2008 was based on only the LBC pools, there would be a shortfall of 616.2 sq m (1988.3
           sq m -1372.1 sq m); this deficit could be addressed through the use of school pools (700 sq m) and commercial pools
           (515 sq m). This calculation supports the argument above; essentially there is sufficient water space in the Borough
           for the existing population; the issue is that it is not all accessible.

3.33       There are two critical factors to consider in relation to the identified current and future deficits in swimming pool
           provision. These are:

                 Wardown Pool –the existing facility is in poor condition (rapidly deteriorating), with high operational costs
                  (increasing significantly due to repair and maintenance costs), and is not fit for purpose (i.e. not 25m so is not
                  ideal for club training and cannot be used for recognised Amateur Swimming Association (ASA competitions), it is
                  clear that if the facility closes, there will need to be a replacement swimming pool, to ensure that levels of
                  provision do not decrease further. The issue is what the scale of provision should be, where it should be located,
                  and how the provision of a replacement pool for Wardown fits with, or is related to, a new facility development to
                  provide for the Growth Area.

                 The opportunity to open up existing facilities for community access, e.g. commercial provision and/or pools
                  on education sites, to provide an overall hierarchy of provision across the Borough and make most effective use
                  of built resources. This would allow focused investment in new swimming provision.

3.34       The scenario assessed above gives a deficit by 2021 of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools (based on accessibility of current
           supply) or nearly 5 lanes of an 8 lane x 25m pool. This assumes that there is no change in the existing supply of
           swimming pools in the Borough; the existing level and nature of provision could change however, if school/commercial
           pools close or additional commercial provision opens.

3.35       A further aspect to consider is the future provision of diving in the Borough. The existing Kingfisher diving club is
           located adjacent to Wardown Pool which is used by the club for training 6 days per week. The club facilities provide
           for land training, but are extremely dilapidated. The club facilities are operated by the club on the basis of a long lease
           from LBC.

3.36       Given the need to replace Wardown Pool, LBC has already undertaken feasibility work to assess the options for its re-
           provision. The existing site is not big enough to facilitate provision of a larger facility e.g. 25m x 8 lane, plus health
           and fitness (to secure revenue generation) plus the required infrastructure to support such provision e.g. car parking.
           The existence of the diving club exacerbates the issue of site size. It is not practical to consider re-location of
           Wardown Pool and retain the diving club on the existing site; re-development of the site would result in the diving club
           being land-locked, and potentially a lower capital receipt for the site.
3.37
3.38       Given this situation, the options for the existing Wardown site are as follows:

               Development Options                   Issues to Consider
               Option 1 - Retention of site and       Overall reduction in water space will increase existing and future
               development of a smaller                 deficiency
               replacement pool i.e. 4 lane x         4 lane pool unlikely to include a diving pit
               25m; retention of diving club          Possible option to link into pool at Denbigh School to increase amount of
                                                        water space available

               Option 2 – relocation of               Relocation of Wardown Pool – identification of new site is controversial at
               Wardown Pool, and retention on          local level; site at Addington Way appears to offer most potential, but this
               site of diving club                     could impact on viability of Lewsey Pool


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            Development Options                   Issues to Consider
                                                   Depending on relocation site, this could increase spatial deficiency in
                                                     central to north area of the Borough
                                                   Possible option to consider expansion of pool at Denbigh School to
                                                     increase amount of water space available
                                                   Unrealistic to retain diving club in situ and relocated Wardown Pool; diving
                                                     club would be land0locked and this would reduce the value of the site in
                                                     terms of re-development, and therefore a capital receipt

            Option 3 – relocation of               Relocation of Wardown Pool – identification of new site is controversial at
            Wardown Pool and relocation of          local level; site at Addington Way appears to offer most potential, but this
            diving club                             could impact on viability of Lewsey Pool
                                                   Depending on relocation site, this could increase spatial deficiency in
                                                    central to north area of the Borough
                                                   Possible option to consider expansion of pool at Denbigh School to
                                                    increase amount of water space available
                                                   Denbigh School site unlikely to be able to accommodate diving club
                                                   Best option would be to relocate diving club to be part of large scale
                                                    leisure development, in response to the Growth Area (see Section IV);
                                                    opportunity to develop a 10m diving board which is a key need for the
                                                    club, as well as 1m, 2m and 3m boards

            Option 4 – relocation of               Relocation of Wardown Pool – identification of new site is controversial at
            Wardown Pool club and closure           local level; site at Addington Way appears to offer most potential, but this
            of diving club                          could impact on viability of Lewsey Pool
                                                   Depending on relocation site, this could increase spatial deficiency in
                                                    central to north area of the Borough
                                                   Possible option to consider expansion of pool at Denbigh School to
                                                    increase amount of water space available
                                                   Denbigh School site unlikely to be able to accommodate diving club
                                                   Best option would be to relocate diving club to be part of large scale
                                                    leisure development, in response to the Growth Area (see Section IV)
                                                   Closure of diving club unrealistic given its success in the sport, and the
                                                    fact that the club has invested its own funding into the club facility


3.39       Given that there is only a very small deficiency in current swimming pool provision, and that by 2021 there is a
           deficiency of 1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, it is suggested that the existing Wardown Pool facility should be replaced by an 8
           lane x 25m pool (assuming lane width of 2.1m (minimum ASA requirement) this provides 420 sq m of water space).

3.40       An 8 lane x 25m pool would provide less water space than the current 33m pool; if a replacement was provided for
           Wardown and an additional large scale facility e.g. 10 lane x 25m pool plus other provision was provided immediately
           adjacent to Luton, the deficit of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools, plus the additional 70 sq m of Wardown Pool would be
           addressed.

3.41       The case for a minimum 10 lane x 25m pool is supported by the analysis of future swimming need in South
           Bedfordshire, as set out below:

           ‘Based on an analysis of supply and demand, there is a significant deficit in water space when taking into
           account the 2008 population (-2.8 4 lane x 25m pools) in addition to the 2021 population estimates (-5.8 lane x
           25m pools). There is also a clear deficiency in the provision of quality, and fit for purpose water space i.e.
           25m pools, which provide for a wide range of community, club and competitive needs. A new JJB site will
           open in Dunstable during 2008 which will clearly reduce the current deficit, however this type of site will only
           offer accessibility to a proportion of the population and additional water space is therefore also required’.




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3.42       A facility of this nature would also address the needs of club and competitive swimmers as well as that of the
           community. The current lack of good quality 25m pools in either Luton of South Bedfordshire makes it very difficult to
           meet all demands for water space; demand for additional club training sessions cannot be met in Luton or time would
           be lost for the school swimming lesson programme (which is full), swimming lessons (which are well over-subscribed),
           and casual use. Existing school pools in Luton, whilst offering additional water space are small and do not provide
           adequately for all swimming club needs; they are not all in good condition either.

3.43       Spatial Analysis – It is also important to factor in issues of spatial analysis to inform the scale and location of future
           provision. Map 5 shows all existing swimming pools in the Borough. On the basis of this map it appears that the
           Borough is reasonably well provided for in terms of pools, with only the North and South East of the Borough having
           poorer access to existing facilities. Map 6 shows the catchment areas (based on 20 minutes walk time (urban area)
           for all existing pools in the Borough. This analysis appears to bear out the spatial distribution described by Map 5.
           However, these maps show all swimming pools; when the accessibility to LBC facilities is assessed, it is clear that
           there is a lack of pay and play provision in the South, South East, South west and North east of the Borough.

3.44       This spatial deficiency will need to be reflected in planning for future provision, unless existing facilities are opened up
           for community access to a greater extent.

3.45       There is a high level of commercial provision in the Borough, predominantly driven by health and fitness; some of
           these clubs also provide pools, but the membership levels charged make the facilities inaccessible for a significant
           proportion of the Luton community, given the levels of local deprivation. A further factor to consider is the diversity of
           the Luton community, and the impact this has on sport and leisure provision, given that there are specific needs for
           facilities e.g. Asian women require changing facilities with separate cubicles.

3.46       Taking all the above into account, it is considered reasonable that some additional access could be negotiated at
           existing education/commercial facilities, to enhance existing access arrangements. It is a priority to replace Wardown
           Pool, and this will need to happen in the short to medium term. It is also clear that additional swimming pool provision
           will need to be developed in the Borough, to address the identified deficiencies in both current and future provision,
           based on the population increases in the area.

           Sports Halls
3.47       Based on the above analysis of supply and demand, there is a current deficit in accessible supply of sports halls
           of 5.7 courts (1.4 4 badminton court sports halls); this increases to 12.2 courts (3 x 4 badminton court sports
           halls) by 2021.

3.48       However, if the total supply of badminton courts is taken into account, there is actually a surplus in current
           supply of 4.7 courts; on the same basis this decreases to -1.8 courts (almost half a 4 badminton court sports
           hall) by 2021. This is based on the population increase for the Borough set out in Section I. If this population
           increase was actually higher the level of deficit to accessible provision would increase. This is critical given
           that there is concern that existing population levels may already underestimate the actual number of Borough
           residents. Based on population only, a 5% increase would increase the level of sports hall deficit by 2021 to -
           16.4 courts; a 10% increase in population would increase the level of sports hall deficit by 2021 to -19.2
           courts, a 15% increase in population would increase the level of sports hall deficit by 2021 to -21.66 courts. If
           increased participation figures are then added to these increases, the defict in provision increases
           significantly.

3.49       If the current demand for sports hall provision is assessed on the basis of LBC facilities, there are 24.6 courts
           available, which results in a deficit of -30.7 (55.3 - 24.6); some of this deficit could be addressed by use of the school
           halls (18.2 ) and other private halls (1.2 ).

3.50       There is a deficiency in the current supply of accessible sports halls in the Borough; however, this will be
           decreased in the future when the existing 4 badminton court sports hall at Luton 6th Form College is rebuilt as a 6
           badminton court facility. The issue is accessibility to existing built facilities around the Borough, given that many
           sports halls are on school sites. The implementation of the BSF Programme is critical in this respect as facilities
           funded through BSF will be available for community access.



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3.51       Given the extent of existing built sports hall provision, the priority is to open up more existing facilities, to address the
           small current deficit of accessible provision.

3.52       The issue of quality in relation to sports hall provision also needs to be considered; existing provision is not all of a
           good condition. This applies to both LBC facilities and school halls. Some quality improvements are likely to be made
           through investment through BSF, but this needs to be confirmed before investment in other facilities can be prioritised.

3.53       In the future, if all existing facilities were to be available for community access, plus the additional 2 courts at Luton 6th
           Form College, there would only be a need to provide an additional 10.2 badminton courts i.e. 2.5 4 badminton court
           halls (61.8 courts - 51.6 courts). If a large scale facility was to be developed in partnership with South Bedfordshire
           District Council. In response to the Growth Area, then inclusion of a 6 or 8 badminton court sports hall as part of this
           development would address the future deficiency in provision.

3.54       Six or eight badminton court sports halls have a role in terms of community provision, specialist sports training and
           competition, and spectator provision for such sports as basketball, netball, volleyball etc. Indoor tennis can also be
           played in this sized facility. In terms of Luton itself, it is unlikely that more than one 6 badminton court sports hall is
           needed in the town particularly is a sub-regional scale facility is developed in partnership with a neighbouring local
           authority. A 6 badminton court sports hall is planned for Luton 6TH Form College which will provide for community
           use.

3.55       The implementation of BSF will again be critical to help address this deficit, as will any potential partnership
           development with South Bedfordshire District Council. There is some limited potential for the proposed Luton FC
           development to provide some sports hall space; the issue is its physical accessibility to the community, given that
           access to the proposed site by J12 of the M1 will require public or personal transport.

3.56       Spatial Analysis – Map 3 shows all existing sports halls in the Borough. Map 4 shows the catchment areas for each
           facility, based on a 20 minute walk time (urban area). Map 4 clearly shows that the existing level of sports hall
           provision means that with the exception of a tiny area to the north of the Borough, all residents are within a 20 minute
           walk of a sports hall. The issue is that not all these facilities are available for community use. On the basis of pay and
           play access only, there is an access deficiency in provision particularly in the south and centre of the Borough.
           Although there are large rooms available at Wardown Pool, they are not really sports hall facilities.

           Health & Fitness
3.57       There is actually a sufficient supply of fitness stations in the Borough to provide for current and future demand; the
           issue is that only 143 stations i.e. 7.5% of the overall current supply for gyms with 20+ stations are actually available
           through the public sector i.e. Active Luton/education sites. The remainder of the provision is through the commercial
           sector. As commercial gyms charge membership rates which may be prohibitive to those in more deprived areas,
           there is a real issue of accessibility for the Luton community. This accessibility issue is further compounded by the
           fact that the population is ethnically diverse, and commercial provision may also not actually address cultural
           requirements for sports facility provision.

3.58       The priority in the Borough is to ensure increased provision of accessible fitness provision; this is critical to improve
           health, increase participation and help to address the identified issues of CHD and inactivity, particularly in the 16+
           population. One option to achieve this is a partnership with the commercial sector, to ‘purchase’ time in the
           commercial clubs at specific time periods, for use by the wider public. This approach is developing elsewhere in the
           UK, based on a revenue payment by the local authority to the commercial operator, for a pre-agreed number of hours
           use e.g. Derby City Council and Virgin Active. Any new facility developments should include accessible i.e. affordable
           membership levels fitness provision. There is some recreational fitness provision in the trim trails at Lewsey and
           Hightown which complement the formal provision in fitness suites. Trim trail provision has not been included in the
           assessment due to it less formal nature i.e. no supervision, induction to equipment and programmes etc.

3.59       Spatial Distribution – Map 1 shows all existing health and fitness provision in the Borough. Map 2 shows the
           catchment areas of these facilities; there is good access to existing fitness facilities in the Borough; the issue is not so
           much physical accessibility, as all areas of the Borough except a small area to the North west of the Borough are
           within a 20 minute walk time (urban area) of fitness provision, as accessibility in terms of pricing and programming.



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3.60       In these terms the west of the Borough, the central area, north west , south west and parts of the south east are more
           than 20 minutes walk from a fitness facility operated through the public sector.

           Indoor Bowls
3.61       There is insufficient supply of indoor bowls rinks to meet current demand. By 2021 there is a slight increase in the
           existing deficit to 2.7 rinks (based on population increase); given that there is also a projected deficit of this type of
           provision in South Bedfordshire (3.6 rinks) by 2021, there is potential to consider indoor bowls provision as part of a
           large scale facility providing for the Growth Area.

3.62       This is most likely to be achieved through a partnership development, as part of a larger scale facility. Consultation
           with clubs identifies that there is demand for additional provision, but some of this is seasonal as many bowlers play
           outdoors in the spring and summer.

           ATPs
3.63       There are insufficient ATPs to meet both current and future demand in the Borough. There is also an issue in terms of
           the condition of the existing facilities, and the size of some of them, as they are not all full size, or floodlit. Given the
           existing surface types in the Borough i.e. sand filled or rubber crumb, there is a lack of 3G facilities, catering for
           football and rugby training, as opposed to those catering for hockey i.e. sandfilled surface. However there is a need
           for a double sand-filled pitch facility to provide for high level competitive hockey.

3.64       There are two Football Foundation projects proposed for the Borough which will result in the development of 3G
           pitches. The FA has identified the need for an ATP to the south of Luton; Active Luton has identified the need for
           another ATP to the south of Luton. A new ATP is also planned for Lealands School. There will also be a new ATP
           developed at Luton 6th Form College, but this will not be floodlit and therefore will have limited community use.

3.65       The provision of the proposed 2 floodlit ATPs through BSF will also help to address the identified deficits in provision,
           so by 2021, there will be a deficit of 2 ATPs (allowing for the one at Lealands School, plus the2 BSF/FF
           developments). If the Luton 6th Form College facility is included, there will only be a deficit of 01 ATPs. Given that the
           BSF/FF projects will be 3G, there is a need to ensure at least one sand filled ATP is also provided. There is also
           potential for additional ATPs to be developed as part of the Luton FC proposed development, and as part of
           subsequent waves of BSF.

           Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs)
3.66       There are a number of existing MUGAs in the Borough, some on school sites. These facilities are not full size ATPs
           nor do they have a specialist surface for football or hockey. Some facilities are in a very poor condition.

3.67       This type of facility is important at local community level and if possible works effectively if free at the point of access
           e.g. existing tennis and basketball facilities in the parks. Where the facility is managed it needs to be of an appropriate
           quality for use for e.g. football training, tennis, basketball etc.

3.68       Given the deficits in mini and junior grass pitch provision, plus the need for additional floodlit netball and tennis courts
           in the Borough, there is an opportunity to develop MUGAs to address these needs at local level, and at least provide
           some training provision within the communities where grass pitches are lacking. Obviously, if there is space to develop
           a MUGA, there is space to develop a junior grass pitch; the issue is the capacity and accessibility. A MUGA can be
           used by more people, more often for different activities than a grass pitch.

           Grass Pitches (Summary of needs based on the 2003 Luton Parks, Playing Pitches and
           Open Spaces Strategy)
3.69       The level of public open space of recreational value is relatively limited in Luton. Based on an estimated 2003
           population of 182,000 the c. 600 ha of public open space of recreational value gives 3.30 ha per thousand population.
           This compares with the minimum level of provision which might be considered appropriate. Furthermore, the public
           open space of recreational value is unevenly distributed across the Borough, with greater provision in the north and


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           east but with localised areas without provision throughout the Borough. The seven sites identified as District Parks are,
           however, evenly distributed.

3.70       The Borough has seven sites/areas of public open space that are in excess of 20 ha. These are:

               Leagrave Park/adjacent areas 56.59 ha.
               Lewsey Park 27.42 ha.
                Luton Regional Recreation Ground/Lothair Road Recreation Ground/adjacent areas
               53.89+ ha.
               Stockwood Park 106.90 ha.
                Wardown Park 19.89 ha plus adjacent sports areas.
                Wigmore Valley Park 41.44 ha.
               Dallow Downs/Winsdon Hill 41.54 ha.

3.71       In view of the absence of sites which can provide larger and more significant facilities and the need to reduce traffic
           across the Borough it will be important that these sites are of excellent and equal quality. It will be necessary for
           District and Neighbourhood sites to contain appropriate circulation paths to accommodate walking and jogging and for
           some sites to contain specific facilities such as golf or athletics which have more than a district role which people will
           travel to use.

           Specific Issues and Opportunities in Respect of the Accommodation of Outdoor Sports
           Facilities on Public Open Space Sites
3.72       The development of appropriate provision on some public open space sites to provide good quality multi functional
           parks and open spaces would be dependent on a reduction in the number of outdoor sports pitches, or limiting
           provision to junior pitches without associated fencing, lighting etc., and reconsideration of the accommodation of
           certain tennis and bowls facilities. This would be necessary to:

3.73       Reduce the visual impact of outdoor sports facilities on the nature of sites Allow the development of appropriate
           structure planting and path provision Allow the incorporation of children’s play and youth facilities in appropriate
           locations Reduce the impact of sports facilities on visibility and safe by design issues

3.74       From this perspective consideration should be given to the following where opportunities arise:

               Alder Crescent Open Space - Provision limited to a junior pitch
               Ashcroft Road Recreation Ground - Reconsideration of hedges and fencing around the bowling green
               Chaul End Lane Open Space - Provision limited to a junior pitch, relocation of the pitch to the centre of the site
                and removal of fencing.
               Crawley Green Recreation Ground - Removal of one or two football pitches or extension of the site into the
                adjacent vacant allotment area without additional pitch provision and relocation of the tennis courts
               Foxdell Recreation Ground - Provision limited to a junior pitch and removal of fencing and lighting
               Kingsway Recreation Ground - Provision limited to a junior pitch and removal of fencing and lighting and re-
                incorporation of the bowling green area into the site.
               Lancaster Avenue Recreation Ground - Cessation of the use for cricket (and reorientation of the football pitch)
                & removal of the tennis courts projecting out into the main body of the site
               Leagrave Park - Removal of the Gaelic football pitch & reconsideration of the hedges and fences around the
                bowling green
               Memorial Park - Provision limited to a mini pitch and only if location of a pitch here is necessary and with goal
                posts removed when not in use, relocation of the bowling green or reconsideration of hedges and fences around
                the green and the relocation of the tennis courts.

3.75       Changes in the use of the above would need to be negotiated to avoid legal challenges, given that there are some
           sites where clubs have leases/licences in place.

3.76       It will also be important to ensure that pavilions are of good quality and design and well incorporated into sites. Some
           pavilions are currently in poor condition and few meet the requirements of DDA.


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3.77       Pavilions on larger sites should be specified to accommodate broader use including accommodation for permanent
           ground staff, public toilets, refreshment facilities, basic information and community use. Of particular importance is the
           requirement for provision at Leagrave Park, where activities include outdoor bowls, football, cricket, Gaelic football,
           walking and jogging.

3.78       The specific playing pitch and outdoor sports needs for the Borough, based on the 2003 study, are:

               There is no significant under or over provision of playing pitches in the Borough
               There was a surplus of 8 senior football pitches, assuming the improvements are made to the 4 pitches at
                Wigmore Valley; 4 senior pitches have now been removed, but the remaining 4 will be retained for purposes of
                rotation and repair
               The need for an additional Gaelic Football pitch has been addressed through the new pitch at Stockwood Park
               There is a deficit of 9 junior pitches, plus latent demand for an additional 3 junior pitches
               Bramingham and High Town wards have no junior pitch at all
               Bramingham, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, Linbury and Sundon wards have no mini pitches at all; this has now been
                addressed to some extent as the only areas now having no mini pitches include Biscot, Bramingham, Crawley,
                Leagrave and Round Green.
               There is a need for more artificial cricket wickets in the Borough
               There is a need for more floodlit tennis and netball courts in the Borough

3.79       The following sites which do not currently accommodate pitches could accommodate adult and junior pitches:

               Great Bramingham Park.
               Former Electrolux playing field.

3.80       The following sites which do not currently accommodate pitches could accommodate junior pitches for local teams if
           necessary (preferably without pavilions). In all cases investment would be required to provide a safe and even playing
           surface:

               Colwell Rise Open Space.
               Manor Road Open Space.
               Regis Road Recreation Ground.
               Wandon Close Recreation Ground.

3.81       The accommodation of further pitches could also be considered at:

               Ashcroft Road Recreation Ground (1 further pitch). There is no longer capacity at this ground as a further junior
                pitch has been provided.
               Stockwood Park. This site now has an additional junior pitch and 1 mini pitch in addition to the existing 9 adult
                pitches.
               Wigmore Valley Park. Before additional pitches can be developed there is a need to invest in both the playing
                surface and the pavilion (needs around £12k of capital investment).

           Planned and Proposed other Facility Developments
3.82       Key proposed/planned facility developments which need to be reflected in the Luton Sports Facility Strategy include:

               External to Borough
                 Milton Keynes - 50m pool proposal has planning permission, and a significant amount of the capital
                    required to develop the facility (planned)
                 South Bedfordshire DC - future provision at/of Houghton Regis Leisure Centre and Tiddenfoot Leisure
                    Centre (Leighton Buzzard); future provision will be influenced by the Growth Areas, and will be considered as
                    part of the joint planning approach developed between Luton BC and South Bedfordshire DC (to be
                    developed through the Sports Facilities Strategy 2008 – 2021)




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                 Planned re-location of Luton Town FC, as they require 2 pitches; the development of a new facility
                  adjacent to the M1, J12, including a stadium and outdoor pitches (1 x ATP, floodlit), plus 2 x 5 aside pitches,
                  sports hall and fitness provision) is currently under consideration. If the development goes ahead on the
                  proposed site, the new facilities will be outside the Luton boundary (proposed)
                 3 new 60ha areas of greenspace/country parks to the north of Luton, Houghton Regis and Leighton Linslade
                  (planned)

               Internal to the Borough
                 Proposed investment by the Football Foundation (FF) in a number of strategic sites across the Borough,
                     including secondary school sites identified as part of the BSF Programme; additional community sports
                     facilities are proposed by Active Luton in partnership with Luton Town Football Club on the Addington Way
                     site, which adjoins the new location for Challney Girl’s school (planned)
                 Lealand’s School- provision of a new 3G pitch (planned)
                 Vauxhall site - provision of new grass pitches, netball courts, (planned)
                 New Pavilion at Leagrave Park,
                 Upgrade of pavilions in district and Neighbourhood parks,
                 2 x Adventure play facilities
                 Skate Park
                 Basketball Courts
                 Gaelic Football pitch
                 Refurbishment of tennis courts at Wardown Park, Memorial Park and Lewsey Park
                 Refurbishment of Wardown Park Cricket Pavilion (Lower Sports ground).
                 Provision of circulation paths in District and Neighbourhood Parks.
                 Proposed upgrade of local amenity recreation areas to Neighbourhood Park provision.
                 Luton 6th Form College - replacement of 4 court sports hall and new full size ATP; new facilities will include:
                     (planned)
               Indoor
                 6 court sports hall + storage (able to host Basketball tournaments) – will have some community use but it will
                     be restricted to block bookings by clubs etc
                 Fitness suite with approximately 20-24 stations (to be used by students and staff only)
                 Dance studio with sprung floor

               Outdoor
                 Full size ATP – not floodlit, to be used mostly for hockey
                 Netball/tennis courts
                 Two football pitches – 1 to be kept good quality (could be rented out to FA etc)
                 Artificial cricket wicket
                 Rugby field
                 Small sided areas for training etc

3.83       Timescales for completion for the College were previously 2009 however it is now more likely to be 2010.

3.84       Marsh Farm is a New Deal for Community Area. In relation to health the Trust is looking to develop a new well-being
           centre which would house the PCT, drug support services etc and would link in with Lea Manor Recreation Centre
           (Trust has a good relationship with Active Luton). Timescale for centre completion is approximately 2 years, and it
           would be partly funded by the Master plan developments.

           Key Issues and Challenges
3.85       There are a number of key challenges and issues to address in providing sports facilities in Luton, both now and into
           the future. These are summarised below:

               Facility Provision
                 Addressing the current lack of community sports facility provision – ATPs
                 Addressing the current and future lack of accessible sports hall, and fitness provision
                 Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool and sports hall provision
                 Replacing the Wardown Pool – location, scale etc


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                     The future deficit in ATP provision
                     The future deficit in indoor bowls rinks
                     The need for additional junior football pitches
                     The need for MUGAs in areas where there is no grass mini pitch
                     The need for additional artificial cricket wickets, outdoor floodlit tennis and netball courts
                     The need for a 10m diving facility
                     The need for an indoor cricket centre
                     Need to refurbish outdoor Tennis courts in parks.
                     Need to refurbish Basketball court at Hockwell Ring Community Centre.
                     The need to refurbish the lower sports ground cricket pavilion in Wardown Park.
                     The need to improve the quality of playing surfaces on outdoor pitches.

               Accessibility to Provision
                 Given the lack of accessibility to quality, fit for purpose facility provision across the Borough – sports halls,
                   25m pools, fitness, ATPs, there is a need to maximise access to existing provision, particularly on school
                   sites, and optimize the opportunities presented through BSF, as set out in ‘Shaping the Future’, and the
                   Green Space Strategy for community access to sports facilities on education sites.
                 Need to address issues relating to provision, quality and accessibility (DDA) of pavilions in parks.

               Quality of Sports Facility Provision
                 The quality of much of the existing Luton facility stock is poor; significant investment is needed to bring the
                   facilities up to modern day standards e.g. building fabric, surfacing of outdoor provision etc. Of specific
                   concern in the Wardown Pool which should be closed and replaced, on an alternative site, to ‘fit’ with the
                   developing new facility network for the town and surrounding area.

               Providing for the Growth Area
                 There is a need to ensure that the increase in population is provided for in terms of accessible community
                    sports facilities. The modelling for supply and demand is based on the natural and growth area increase
                    attributed to Luton. The provision of a large scale, sub regional facility to the north of the Houghton Regis
                    area would serve both the Growth Area population (10,600 Luton and 40,600 South Bedfordshire), plus an
                    additional facility deficiencies in both authorities which would be beneficial to add to the overall facility mix in
                    terms of both synergy and critical mass.
                 In considering the Growth Area, it will also be important to link not just with South Bedfordshire DC through
                    the joint planning approach, but also with North Herts DC as there will be some population growth along this
                    boundary between authorities as well before 2021 at Luton East. Options to be considered will need to be
                    the provision of a new secondary school, which could include a sports hall, and ATP on site. Alternatively,
                    extended provision could be considered for Putteridge Recreation Centre.

               Partnership Working
                 The delivery of the identified deficiencies, and specifically improved access to existing provision can only be
                    achieved by working in partnership. The priority for this is internal partnerships with leisure (including Active
                    Luton), asset management, parks and children and young people’s services. Externally the key partner is
                    BSF and its Programme, plus local commercial providers, Sport England, the Football Foundation, the GIC,
                    Marsh Farm Development Community Development Trust, and the Groundwork Trust.
                 A further key partner will be South Bedfordshire DC through e.g. the joint planning approach to the
                    Greenspace Strategy and planning for the Growth Area.

               Resourcing Strategy Implementation
                 A key challenge for LBC will be resourcing the strategy, given the current limits on capital funding. The
                   priority will be to access developer contributions through S106 funding, particularly in relation to the Growth
                   Area. It is therefore to ensure strong links to the Luton and South Bedfordshire Green Space Strategy which
                   will be a Supplementary Planning Document. Other external funding sources should also be assessed, and
                   maximum benefit should be obtained from BSF. Prioritising facility developments and investment should
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           Priorities for Future Facility Need
           Swimming Pools
4.1        Given the identified deficiencies in current and future provision, there is a need to provide a replacement facility for
           Wardown Pool (short to medium term), plus additional water space in the Borough (medium to long term). The issue
           is the level of additional provision required, its scale and location.

4.2        Given that there is only a small deficit in current swimming pool provision, and that by 2021 there is a deficiency of 1.3
           4 lane x 25m pools, it is suggested that the existing Wardown Pool facility should be replaced by an 8 lane x 25m pool
           (assuming lane width of 2.1m (minimum ASA requirement) this provides 420 sq m of water space). An 8 lane x 25m
           pool would provide less water space than the current 33m pool; if a replacement was provided for Wardown and an
           additional large scale facility e.g. minimum10 lane x 25m pool plus other provision was provided immediately adjacent
           to Luton, the deficit of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pools, plus the additional 70 sq m of Wardown Pool would be addressed.

           The 50m Pool Debate
4.3        Politically, LBC has a manifesto commitment to provide a 50m pool in the Borough. This is an aspiration based on the
           role and position of the town in the region. Given this aspiration, and the identified need to provide additional water
           space, it is critical to understand other plans and proposals for 50m pool provision in the region and sub-region, to
           avoid duplication and the development of a facility which may be unsustainable.

4.4        Within the East of England region there is currently 1 50m pool at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. ‘Creating
           Active Places’ the regional sports facilities strategy identified the potential for development of 5 further pools in the
           region; those that could impact most significantly on Luton are Peterborough (plans are progressing for provision of a
           replacement for the Regional Pool in the City, and the draft Sports Facility Strategy supports the case for a 50m pool),
           and Hatfield (plans are under discussion, led by the University of Hertfordshire, for a 50m pool on the Hatfield campus.
           Other planned 50m pools in the region are at Cambridge University (west of the City), Basildon (replacement for two
           existing facilities), and Ipswich (possible replacement for the Crown Pools facility).

4.5        Outside the East of England, but very relevant to Luton is the planned 50m pool development in Milton Keynes at the
           Ratcliffe School site. This facility has planning permission, and a significant amount of the required capital funding is
           secured. There is also a new 50m pool (due to be completed later in 2008) at Corby. Consultation with the ASA at
           regional level identifies the fact that whilst they would be supportive of a 50m pool in Luton, this would not be the case
           if the planned facility in Milton Keynes progresses, given the relative proximity of the two conurbations. Milton Keynes
           is recognised as the sub-regional capital for the South Midlands area. A 50m pool has a catchment of around 45
           minutes to an hour; 50m pools in both Milton Keynes and Luton would be attracting the same group of elite swimmers
           for training, and would be competing against each other to hold competitive events, which are important for revenue
           generation.

4.6        In addition to the above, to develop a 50m pool in Luton would require significant capital resources, which are not
           currently available. Given the contribution of Lottery funding to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games,
           there is unlikely to be any regional funding available to support such a facility development through e.g. Sport England.
           The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) does not support sports facilities directly; any support given is
           likely to be directed towards the two facilities in the region which will provide permanent venues for the 2012 London
           Olympic and Paralympic Games.

4.7        Whilst the case for a 50m pool in Luton provides significant challenges, e.g. lack of need, based on the fact that there
           is a deficit of 1.3 x 4 lane x 25m pool by 2021, location, capital funding etc there is potential to consider a similar scale
           of facility on a partnership basis, linked to the Growth Area. The provision of a minimum 25m x 10 lane pool located in
           the Houghton Regis area, (where there will be significant population growth), through a partnership with South
           Bedfordshire DC presents a more viable option for this scale of facility development. Such a facility would address
           both the identified future deficit in swimming provision in Luton and that in South Bedfordshire.

4.8        The case for a minimum 10 lane x 25m pool is supported by the analysis of future swimming need in South
           Bedfordshire, as set out overleaf:


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           ‘Based on an analysis of supply and demand, there is a significant deficit in water space when taking into
           account the 2008 population (-2.8 4 lane x 25m pools) in addition to the 2021 population estimates (-5.2 4 lane
           x 25m pools). There is also a clear deficiency in the provision of quality, and fit for purpose water space i.e.
           25m pools, which provide for a wide range of community, club and competitive needs. A new JJB site will
           open in Dunstable during 2008 which will clearly reduce the current deficit, however this type of site will only
           offer accessibility to a proportion of the population and additional water space is therefore also required’.

4.9        A facility of this nature would also address the needs of club and competitive swimmers as well as that of the
           community. The current lack of good quality 25m pools in either Luton of South Bedfordshire makes it very difficult to
           meet all demands for water space; demand for additional club training sessions cannot be met in Luton or time would
           be lost for the school swimming lesson programme (which is full), swimming lessons (which are well over-subscribed),
           and casual use. Existing school pools in Luton, whilst offering additional water space are small and do not provide
           adequately for all swimming club needs; they are not all in good condition either.

4.10       The inclusion of diving facilities in such a development, plus a 6/8 court sports hall, health and fitness facilities, and
           other ancillary provision creates a critical mass which could provide for both community and sports specific users e.g.
           training and competition.

4.11       The inclusion of diving facilities in a new facility development serving the Luton, Houghton Regis and Dunstable
           conurbation (which takes in the majority of the Growth Area) would enable alternative use to be made of the existing
           Wardown Pool site e.g. residential development, which could realise a capital receipt towards investment in the
           replacement for Wardown Pool.

4.12       Development of a joint facility linked to the Growth Area has significant potential to access funding in relation to
           population growth i.e. developer contributions.

4.13       If this approach was developed in partnership, there is significant potential to develop a hierarchy for future swimming
           provision in the Borough as set out below:

               New minimum10 lane x 25m pool – joint provision with South Bedfordshire DC (including a 10m diving board)
               Replacement Wardown Pool – 8 lane x 25m pool, central location
               Retention of other LBC swimming facilities – refurbish on a planned programme of investment and maintenance
               Retention of existing dual-use and school pools e.g. Denbigh School Pool (used by the Asian community); the
                latter to be opened up for enhance community access wherever possible
               Commercial provision – community access to be negotiated wherever possible

           Sports Halls
4.14       The priority for future sports hall provision is two fold. There is a need to open up access to existing facilities given
           that there is insufficient total supply of sports halls, and small deficit of 3 4 badminton court halls by 2021; the links to
           BSF will be critical in this respect to set in train parameters for community access to, and use of, education based
           facilities. This approach will build on the already successful dual-use approach in the Borough.

4.15       The development of two additional badminton courts at Luton 6th Form reduces the future deficit to 10.2 courts or 2.5 4
           badminton court sports halls.

4.16       There is also a need for some new sports hall provision; this should be prioritised through BSF or linked into any new
           facility development in the Borough e.g. in the Growth Area.

           Health and Fitness
4.17       The priority need for future fitness provision is to ensure there is sufficient affordable and accessible facilities. This
           means either negotiating access terms with the commercial sector, or address accessibility issues through provision
           linked to new developments e.g. BSF, other facility provision. There may be some potential to work with the Primary
           Care Trust (PCT) over future provision of opportunities for health and fitness provision.



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           Indoor Bowls
4.18       There is insufficient supply of indoor bowls rinks to meet current demand. By 2021 there is a slight increase in the
           existing deficit to 2.7 rinks; depending on the extent of demand in South Bedfordshire (3.6 rinks deficit by 2021), there
           is potential to consider indoor bowls provision as part of a large scale facility providing for the Growth Area. This is
           most likely to be achieved through a partnership development, as part of a larger scale facility.

           ATPs
4.19       The development of 4 new ATPs in the Borough will address most of the current deficiency in provision (2 x Wave 3
           BSF developments at Challney Girls and Luton West Academy (former Halliyard School) plus the facility at Lealands
           School). The new ATP at Luton 6TH Form will reduce the future quantitative deficit in provision, but will have limited
           community participation impact as it will not be floodlit.

4.20       The proposed development for Luton FC should also include ATP provision and this will assist, if accessible to the
           community, in addressing any future deficiency in ATP provision in the Borough.

4.21       It is also worth highlighting the fact that when the remainder of Luton’s secondary schools are re-developed through
           BSF (Wave 6) there is likely to be further investment in the provision of ATPs (specific sites under discussion), which
           will address any outstanding deficits in provision.

           MUGAs
4.22       Given the poor condition of some existing MUGAs, the lack of junior and mini grass pitches in some wards, and the
           need for additional floodlit netball and tennis courts in parks, there is potential to invest in additional, fit for purpose
           facilities e.g. rubber crumb/all weather surfaced MUGAs, these should be located strategically, and linked to school
           sites or other appropriate community provision.

4.23       The priority areas for development of MUGAs are where there is not even a mini pitch e.g. Biscot, Bramingham,
           Crawley, Leagrave and Round Green.

           Grass Pitches
4.24       Based on the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy, the following are the future priorities for pitch provision in the Borough:

               There is a deficit of 9 junior pitches, plus latent demand for an additional 3 junior pitches
               Bramingham and High Town wards have no junior pitch at all
               Bramingham, Crawley, Dallow, Farley, Limbury and Sundon wards have no mini pitches at all
               There is a need for an additional Gaelic Football pitch in the Borough
               There is a need for more artificial cricket wickets in the Borough
               There is a need for more and improved floodlit tennis and netball courts in the Borough
               There is a need to provide true and level and well drained playing surfaces

           Local Standards

           The Planning Framework
4.25       The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act established by the Government in July 2004 reformed the planning
           system and introduced the establishment of overarching Local Development Frameworks (LDFs). The LDF consists of
           a range of Local Development Documents (LDDs). These include three types of LDDs:

               Development Plan Documents (DPDs) to replace local plans and unitary development plans,
               Statements of Community Involvement (SCIs).
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4.26       The requirement is for Local Authorities to have established and adopted LDFs in place three years after
           commencement of the Act. The key driver for this is that LDFs will be Local Agreements that replace the former Local
           Plan.

4.27       The Local Development Scheme states which planning documents the Council will be producing with the community
           over the next few years to guide development. The Local Development Scheme is part of the new Local Development
           Framework. Each LDF will need to include:

               A Community Involvement statement to outline how the Council will engage and involve the community in the
                planning decision process and the preparation of new strategic documents
               The Council‘s Supplementary Planning Documents which will be based on Development Plan Documents and will
                reflect the previous supplementary planning guidance and provide comprehensive guidance
               Annual Monitoring Reports to demonstrate progress in preparing Local Development Documents and what is
                being achieved through planning policy
               A strategic policy for open space, sport and recreation contained within the Core Strategy of the Development
                Plan Documents. Policies to address open space standards and new residential development will be policies
                within the DPD.

4.28       As Supplementary Planning Documents enable the planning framework to establish and provide more detail as to the
           requirements of planning policy, SPDs will be used to provide developers with a clear framework and formulae to
           identify the scope and scale of on site/off site financial contributions.

4.29       This latter point is critical for the future provision of sport and recreation facilities, indoor and outdoor, given that other
           external capital funding opportunities are now more limited. The preparation of the LDF enables identified priorities for
           future sports facility provision to be integrated into the planning framework, based on qualitative and quantitative
           assessment, and an analysis of spatial distribution, as set out in the PPG17 Companion Guide. In order to facilitate
           this process, guidance set out in ‘Creating Active Places’, the East of England Sports Facilities Strategy should be
           followed:

4.30       The future provision of sports facilities requires a specific approach within the planning framework:

               Ensure internal communication between leisure and planning at local level
               Integrate local needs for sport and leisure into S106 priorities
               Ensure local priorities for sport and leisure are included in developing SPD and the Local Development
                Framework policies
               Develop innovative policy frameworks facilitating planning gain contributions to sports facilities provision
               Develop local standards for sports facilities provision, indoor and outdoor, to inform planning policy’
                Source ‘Creating Active Places’ November 2007


           Local Standards
4.31       The development of Local Standards for sports facility provision are important to guide future levels of provision, and
           therefore the capital investment required in an area over a period of time.

4.32       Local Standards should cover both indoor and outdoor sports facility provision.

4.33       In relation to outdoor sports facilities ie playing pitches, the methodology for calculating Local Standards is set out
           below; given that the data in the 2003 Playing Pitch assessment for the Borough is now out of date, and that
           significant population growth is projected in and around Luton, Local Standards for playing pitches and outdoor sports
           will need to be developed in relation to both current and future population.

           Methodology for Calculating Local Standards for Playing Pitches

           The methodology for developing Local Standards for playing pitches is:

                  Convert the pitch type into hectares ie senior, junior and mini pitches are of different sizes


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                  Divide the hectares by current playing population (this is derived from the Team Generation Rate (TGR) to give
                   the current standard for each pitch type per 1000
                  To develop future Local Standards, divide the hectares by the future playing population (this is derived from the
                   Team Generation Rate (TGR) to give the current standard for each pitch type per 1000
                  This methodology should be applied for each pitch sport as the TGRs will be different for each, and each pitch
                   type

4.34       Current Local Standards of built sports facility provision can be calculated in two ways as follows:

           Table 11 - Luton Options for Local Standards
            FACILITY TYPE             Facilities per      Current Standard of Provision          Standard of Provision
                                      1000                2008(Accessible facility supply        Required by 2021 to meet
                                      population          divided by population)                 identified demand (Identified
                                      2008                                                       level of provision required
                                                                                                 divided by 2021 population)
            Sports Hall (4            0.40 of a 4         0.0002 courts per person (equates to   0.00031 courts (equates to
            badminton                 court sports hall   49.6 courts)                           61.8 courts) per person; 52.7
            Court)                                                                               sq m per 1000 population
                                                                                                 (based on 1 court being 170 sq
                                                                                                 m)

            Swimming Pool             13.7 sq m           0.01 sq m per person (equates to       0.012 sq m (equates to
            (4 lane x 25m)                                1,956 sq m)                            2,225.12sq m); 11.26sq m per
                                                                                                 1000 population

            Fitness Stations          4.71 stations       0.002 per person (based on             0.003 (based on population of
            (20+ gym)                                     population of 15-74 year olds)         15 - 74 year olds) – equates to
                                                                                                 662 stations; 3.35 station per
                                                                                                 1000 population

            Indoor Bowls              0.04 rinks          0.00004 rink per person                0.00005 rink per person
                                                                                                 (equates to 10.69 rinks); 0.05
                                                                                                 rinks per 1000 population

            ATPs                      0.08 of a full      7.4 ATPs (based on 1 pitch per         8 ATPs (based on 1 pitch per
                                      size pitch          25,000 population)                     25,000 population)


           Facilities per 1000 Population
4.35       The Facilities per 1000 population standard provides an assessment of the current level of provision in the Borough
           per 1000 of population. Using this as a baseline, it is then possible to calculate the future level of provision required to
           maintain this standard.

4.36       Whilst this standard provides guidance on levels of future provision, its main disadvantage is that the calculation does
           not provide an analysis of whether the current standard of provision is in fact sufficient to meet current or future
           demand.

4.37       The policy decision needs to be taken at local level as to whether the Local Standards developed for sports facility
           provision reflect actual demand and there actual sufficiency or deficiency, or simply a level of provision per 1000
           population.

4.38       Given that there are existing small deficiencies in levels of provision for water space and fitness stations, and a greater
           deficiency in accessible sports halls, current levels of provision are inadequate to meet current demand and therefore
           the Facilities per 1000 calculations should be disregarded for Luton.




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4.39       The Local Standards developed should reflect this, and be set at a level which actually increases levels of provision
           moving forward, to address both current deficits, and increased demand for future provision as a result of population
           growth and potentially, increased participation.

           Local Standards based on Sports Facility Calculator
4.40       The second option (two far right columns in Table 11 above) for Local Standards is to develop them based on
           identification of both current and future need for sports facility provision, based on the SFC and accessibility for pay
           and play usage.

4.41       Existing levels of provision in the Borough demonstrate some deficiencies i.e. 1.4 4 badminton court sports halls, 0.2 4
           lane x 25m pools, 163 fitness stations, 1.3 indoor bowls rinks and 4.4 ATPs in terms of current population. These
           deficiencies increase as the population increases to 2020 to 1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, 3 4 badminton court sports halls,
           356 fitness stations, 2.7 indoor bowls rinks and 5 ATPs.

4.42       Local Standards of provision should reflect the need to address these deficiencies and facilitate provision of the
           identified sports facilities, to ensure opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity are maintained, and
           arguably extended, given the poor health and particularly obesity levels in the District. On this basis, it is suggested
           the following should be adopted as Local Standards for sports facility provision in Luton Borough:

           Table 12 Recommended Local Standards
               FACILITY TYPE                          Local Standards of Provision per 1000 population
               Sports Hall (4 badminton Court)        0.31 courts/52.7 sq m
               Swimming Pool (4 lane x 25m)           11.26 sq m
               Fitness Stations (20+ gym)             3.35 stations
               Indoor Bowls                           0.05 rinks
               ATPs                                   0.04 pitches

           Quality Standards
4.43       The quality of the existing LBC sports facilities will need to be maintained, and in the case of School facilities these
           need to be improved through BSF where possible.

4.44       The future standard of provision for new facilities should be:

                The sports facilities are to be designed to a minimum playing standard of ‘fit for purpose’ depending on the
                 terminology of the various national governing sporting bodies and Sport England Guidance.
                External elevations to utilise high quality, low maintenance finishes, and be sympathetic to the surrounding
                 environment.
                Finishes being robust and suitable for location and use.
                Building fabric and services to be cost effective with low maintenance.
                First major maintenance to structure to be 50 years. Life expectancy of materials used to external elevations to
                 be 25 years minimum (excluding routine maintenance).
                Sustainable, being responsible to environmental issues in terms of the use of energy and non-sustainable
                 resources and the control of pollution. Use of environmentally friendly and sustainable building services and
                 building materials to be maximised. Materials to be recyclable where possible.
                Services to be essentially economic and environmentally friendly, which allow cost in use to be minimised. The
                 use of natural ventilation to be maximised. Full life cycle cost analysis will be required when considering the
                 building fabric and services

           Accessibility Standards
4.45       The development of accessibility standards for the Borough needs to reflect the urban nature of the area. As
           discussed earlier, all existing pay and play accessible sports facilities are located in and around the main town.
           Communities in these urban areas are able to access facilities within a 20 minute walk time. All pay and play facilities



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           in the District are accessible within a 20 minute drive time, with the exception of fitness stations. In the extreme west
           of the District the travel time by car to such facilities is more than 20 minutes.



4.46       Given the current spatial distribution of sports facility provision in the Borough, the locations of the Growth Area, and
           the urban nature of the area, accessibility standards will need to be based in realism, and how communities actually
           access provision. Issues such as transporting children, sports kit etc will also need to be considered in relation to
           access. These latter in particular suggest that users of sports facilities will continue to access provision by car.
           Accessibility standards for open space and parks are included in the Greenspace Strategy.

4.47       It is suggested that accessibility standards reflect the above and the findings of the spatial and supply and demand
           analysis. On this basis the following standards could be adopted:

               New sports facility provision should be located within a 20 minute walk time of its immediate catchment area, and
                where possible, should be linked to existing community provision e.g. education site,

               All sports facility provision should be within a 20 minute drive time of its surrounding catchment area, and where
                possible and appropriate, depending on the nature of provision, should be located adjacent to other community
                provision, to facilitate access and reduce the overall need for travel around the Borough

4.48       This approach can be factored into the planning process, especially in relation to new communities. Given issues of
           resources, until existing facilities are replaced, and potentially re-located, it will need to be recognised that the existing
           infrastructure is unlikely to meet these proposed accessibility standards.

4.49       All sports facilities should have appropriate directional signposting (internally and externally), and appropriate
           marketing information to meet the needs of all users including minority ethnic groups, people with a disability etc.

           Developers’ Contributions
4.50       Local Standards to inform the Local Development Framework need to be prepared and implemented, to maximise
           capital investment in sports facility provision in the District through planning gain, particularly linked to the health
           agenda.

4.51       The Council should ensure that developers with permission for new developments make contributions towards the
           capital expenditure that is initially required to provide and enhance provision(i.e. capital contribution), whilst also
           contributing to the ongoing revenue cost of maintaining the provision( i.e. revenue contribution).

4.52       The Council should use the audit findings as a means of identifying where provision and quality improvements require
           further investment.

4.53       Maintenance (commuted) sums are also an important consideration when dealing with developer contributions;
           PPG17 Guidance identifies that the simplest way to express the requirements for future maintenance is to express it in
           terms of a sum per unit of provision such as £/ hectare or £/ sqm.

4.54       LBC may wish to consider the development of a pooled fund especially for the smaller areas within the Borough
           boundaries, as there may be developments that are small in size and do not generate a contribution that is large
           enough for improvements, yet the development will still incur additional demand on existing facilities.

4.55       In identifying the level for developers’ contributions, there is a need to reduce all requirements to a unit per person so
           that household contributions can be calculated based on information on current costs from Sport England. On this
           basis, the requirements for Luton could be as follows(based on 4th quarter 2007 costs from Sport England Sports
           Facility Costs kitbag):




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           Table 13 Cost per Person
               FACILITY TYPE          Local             Provision per       Cost per Unit       Cost per sq m          Cost per
                                      Standards of      Person                                                         Person
                                      Provision per
                                      1000
                                      population
               Sports Hall (4         52.7 sq m (0.31   0.0527 sq m         £675,000 per        £3,970                 £209
               badminton              courts)                               court               (ie £675k / 170 sq     (ie £3,970 x
               Court+)                                                                          m                      0.0527)

               Swimming Pool          11.26 sq m        0.01126 sq m        £2,600,000          £9,811                 £110
               (4 lane x 25m)                                               (25m x 5 lane       (ie £2.6m/265 sq       (ie £9,811 x
                                                                            pool i.e. 265 sq    m)                     0.01126)
                                                                            m)

               Fitness Stations       3.35 stations     0.0035              £225,000 (for       £3,750 (ie             £13.12 (ie
               (20+ stations)                                               20 station area     £225,000/60 sq         £3,750 x
                                                                            including fit out   m)                     0.0035)
                                                                            -Strategic
                                                                            Leisure costs -
                                                                            60 sq m)
               Indoor Bowls           0.05 rinks        0.00005 rinks       £1,525,000          £1,270 (ie             £0.06 ( ie
                                                                                                £1,525,000/1200        £1,270 x
                                                                                                sq m)                  0.00006)
               ATPs (sand-            0.04              0.246 sq m          £580,000            £90.62                 £22.29
               based 100m x           pitches/256 sq                                            (ie 580,000/6400       (ie £90.26 x
               64m; a rubber          m                                                         SQ M)                  0246)
               crumb 100m x
               64m pitch would
               cost £720,000; a
               water-based
               100m x 64m
               pitch would cost
               £890,000))


4.56       In Table 13, the cost per person (column 6) of the new sports facilities is calculated by taking the capital cost of the
           individual facility (column 4), calculating the cost per sq m of this facility (column 5 ie cost per unit divided by its sq m))
           and multiplying this by the level of provision required per person (column 3). This provides the cost per person which
           is then used to calculate the potential income to be generated by different sizes of development as shown in Table 16.
           It is critical to stress that the examples in this strategy are based on capital costs provided through the Sport England
           Facility Costs kitbag, as of the 4th quarter 2007. These costs are updated on a regular basis and therefore future use
           of the above formulae may require the figure in column 4 ie the cost per unit to change, depending on the capital costs
           provided through the Sport England Facility costs kitbag.

4.57       N.B The costs above include allowances for the following:

                 External works (car parks, roads, paths, services connections etc) are included at an average rate of 15%
                  addition to the cost of the works.

                 Fees are included at 15% for:
                  Sports Halls

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                Pools
                Changing rooms

4.58       The costings above exclude the following:

               Inflation beyond current 4Q2007 prices;
               Site abnormals such as poor ground conditions, difficult access, long service connections;
               VAT;
               Land acquisition costs
               Regional cost variations in materials and labour.

4.59       The above calculations should also include reasonable maintenance contributions over a relevant period of time.
           They should include an inflation factor and be discounted to Year 1.

           Planning Agreements
4.60       A review of best practice case studies advocated through Sport England has identified the following formula for
           establishing quantity standards and contribution levels from developments:




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           Table 14 Example Formula
               Sports Facility requirement = A x B (x C )
               Sports Facility requirement = (A) number of        x (B) level of sports facility provision per             x (C)cost of sports facility provision per person (£)
               people in development                              person (m2)
               The number of people in a development is based     Existing and future needs for sports facility            This cost relates to off site provision per person. In accordance with
               on an assumed occupancy rate for the               provision have been identified through the quantity      the best practice guidance this requires a further calculation to
               Borough/District. This is normally established     analysis within this report and can be incorporated      establish the cost of sports facility provision per person. According
               through the number of dwellings and the overall    into LBC DPD and SPD. The standards reflect              to the guidance the cost of sports facility provision needs to follow
               population to establish an average of people per   provision per person.                                    best practice and should reflect the cost based on the elements
               dwelling. (Factoring in a vacancy rate can help                                                             included within the costing, for example, whether the cost of a
               make this calculation more robust and accurate).                                                            facility should include site preparation, drainage, special surfaces
                                                                                                                           and levelling, ancillary facilities, equipment and land costs.



4.61       A recommended approach that is in keeping with Circular 05/2005 is to develop a costings spreadsheet that is included as an appendix to the Supplementary Planning Document. It is
           a more open approach that speeds up the planning process by allowing developers to predict the likely contributions they will be asked to pay. Sport England can provide detailed
           costs for a number of specific facility projects(http://www.sportengland.org/kitbag_fac_costs.doc )

4.62       It is suggested the following ratios be used to calculate the amount of sports facility provision that will be required by dwelling size, based on the following occupancy ratios:

                 1 bed dwelling – 2 persons
                 2 bed dwelling – 3 persons
                 3+ bed dwelling – 4 persons

4.63       The decision as to whether a developer shall develop a swimming pool or sports hall on site, or whether the developer shall make a contribution towards off site provision, will depend
           on whether the total quantity of new provision required as a result of the new development calculated using the above figures, is above the minimum acceptable size, of 212.25 sqm for
           a four lane swimming pool and 148.5 sq m for1 badminton court (594 sq m for a 4 badminton court sports hall). If it is, provision will normally be required on site. If not, a contribution
           towards off site provision will be required.




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4.64       Examples of how Local Standards can be used to calculate developer contributions for sports facility provision are set
           out below; these reflect guidance in the PPG17 Companion Guide, and best practice in local authorities.

           Table 15 Financial Contribution towards Capital Cost of Facility
             Indoor Sports                                                                                     £
             Swimming Pool (cost of construction, excl. land)                                                  a
             Landscaping                                                                                       b
             Roads and parking                                                                                 c
             Sub Total                                                                                 a+b+c=d
             Professional Fees @ 12%                                                                       12% x d
             Total cost of Swimming Pool                                                             d + (12% x d) =e
             Typical area required for one pool, including associated facilities                        1,687 sqm
             Cost per sqm                                                                                  e        =f
                                                                                                       1687


             Indoor Facility                                                                                   £
             Sports Hall (cost of construction, excl. land)                                                    a
             Landscaping                                                                                       b
             Roads and parking                                                                                 c
             Sub Total                                                                                 a+b+c=d
             Professional Fees @ 12%                                                                       12% x d
             Total cost of Sports Hall                                                               d + (12% x d) = e
             Typical area required for one court sports hall, including associated                         1000sqm
             facilities
             Cost per sqm                                                                              e           =f
                                                                                                     1000

4.65       On the basis of the above, a new residential development of the scale illustrated below could realise the following
           contributions towards the provision of new sports facilities:

           Table 16 Potential Contributions
            Scale of             People            Sports halls           Pools          Total             Total per     Total per
            Housing              (houses x 2.5)    contribution @         contribution                     person        house
            Development                            £209 per person        @ £110 per
                                                                          person
            4,000                10,000            £2.09m                 £1.10m         £2.19m            £319          £797.50
            10,000               25,000            £5.23m                 £2.75m         £7.98m            £319          £797.50
            15,000               37,500            £7.84m                 £4.13m         £11.97m           £319          £797.50

4.66       The contribution per person (column 3 in Table 16) used to calculate the above total contributions is taken from Table
           13 (column 6); this contribution is then multiplied by the number of people (2.5 taken as the average) who will live in
           the new residential development to give an overall total contribution per person and per household towards identified
           sports facility needs.




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           Delivering the Strategy
5.1        Based on the assessment and analysis of the needs for future sports facility provision in the Borough, the following
           strategic recommendations are made:

           Strategic Recommendation 1 – Priority Facility Needs
5.2        It is recommended that he following current facility needs are accepted:

               Current Facility Needs:
                 Addressing the current lack of community sports facility provision – ATPs
                 Addressing the current and future lack of accessible sports hall, indoor bowls and fitness provision
                 Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool provision
                 Replacing the Wardown Pool – location, scale etc
                 The need for an indoor cricket centre
                 Artificial cricket wickets
                 Better quality changing pavilions
                 Provision for female changing for pitch sports
                 Additional junior pitches
                 Address the condition of existing tennis courts in parks
                 Address the need for refurbishment of the basketball court at the Hockwell Ring Community Centre.

               Future Facility Needs (to 2021):
                 The future deficit in accessible sports hall provision – 12.2 courts (3 4 badminton court sports halls)
                 The future deficit in accessible fitness provision 356 stations
                 Addressing the future deficiency in swimming pool provision – 1.3 4 lane x 25m pools
                 The future deficit in ATP provision – 2 ATP (1 ATPs if the Luton 6th Form College facility is included (but has
                    no floodlights)
                 The future deficit in indoor bowls rinks – 2.7 rinks
                 Improved quality squash courts ie refurbishment of existing, or replacement in new facility development with
                    new courts
                 Increased provision for Indoor Tennis; the LTA has identified a need for additional indoor tennis provision in
                    the north of the County; there is potential to consider this as part of a sub-regional facility development
                 The need for additional junior football pitches – 12 junior pitches
                 The need for MUGAs in areas where there is no grass mini pitch
                 The need for additional artificial cricket wickets, outdoor floodlit tennis and netball courts
                 The need for a 10m diving facility
                 Better quality changing pavilions
                 Provision for female changing for pitch sports
                 Additional junior pitches
                 Address the condition of existing tennis courts in parks
                 Address the need for refurbishment of the basketball court at the Hockwell Ring Community Centre.

           Strategic Recommendation 2 – Replacement of Wardown Pool
5.3        It is recommended that Wardown Pool is replaced in the short to medium term on a new site; the minimum level of the
           replacement provision should be a 8 lane x 25m pool. The existing site should be released for alternative
           development, and at least part of the capital receipt allocated towards the new swimming pool development.

5.4        It is also recommended that the existing diving club is relocated to a new facility, potentially the proposed large scale
           facility in the Growth Area.




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           Strategic Recommendation 3 – Sub Regional Facility
5.5        Given the identified deficit in swimming provision as a result of population growth, and the need to provide accessible
           facilities for the Growth Area, plus the opportunity to plan across boundaries, it is recommended that a joint approach
           is adopted to the development of a large scale wet and dry facility minimum 10 lane x 25m pool plus 6/8 court sports
           hall, fitness, indoor bowls etc with South Bedfordshire DC. This new facility should be located in the Growth Area,
           within easy access of Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

           Strategic Recommendation 4 – Increasing Access to Existing Facilities
5.6        It is recommended that LBC seek to work in partnership with BSF, existing education and commercial providers to
           open up community access (pay and play basis, affordable) to existing provision, to address and reduce the high
           deficiency in accessible provision across the Borough.

           Strategic Recommendation 5 – Partnerships for Facility Provision
5.7        It is recommended that LBC progress the adopted approach in relation to BSF and asset management in terms of
           sports facility provision, to maximise access to community sports facilities on school sites, and in parks and develop
           other partnerships through BSF e.g. FF, Ground work Trust, PCT

           Strategic Recommendation 6 - Resources
5.8        Given the resources that will be needed to deliver the identified sports facility priorities in the future, it is recommended
           that resources from the Growth Area e.g. Growth Area funding and/or S106 contributions are maximised. A joint,
           cross boundary approach to future provision, which reflects the joint planning area is likely to be most effective in
           delivering provision, and optimising all available resources.

5.9        Other resources that should be considered include:

                 Local Authority Capital
                 External Grant Funding
                 Partnerships
                 Public/Private Partnerships
                 BSF

           Strategic Recommendation 7 – Local Standards
5.10       It is recommended that the following Local Standards for future sports facility provision are adopted for the Borough:

5.11       Existing levels of provision in the District demonstrate some deficiencies i.e. 1.4 4 badminton court sports halls, 0.2
           swimming pools (4 lane x 25m), 163 fitness stations, 1.3 indoor bowls rinks and 4.4 ATPs in terms of current
           population. These deficiencies increase as the population increases to 2021 to 1.3 4 lane x 25m pools, 3 4 badminton
           court sports halls, 356 fitness stations, 2.7 indoor bowls rinks and 2 ATPs.

5.12       Local Standards of provision should reflect the need to address these deficiencies and facilitate provision of the
           identified sports facilities, to ensure opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity are maintained, and
           arguably extended, given the poor health in the Borough. On this basis, it is suggested the following should be
           adopted as Local Standards for sports facility provision in Luton Borough:

           Table 18 Recommended Local Standards

               FACILITY TYPE                                        Local Standards of Provision per 1000 population
               Sports Hall (4 badminton Court)                      0.31 courts/52.7 sq m
               Swimming Pool (4 lane x 25m)                         11.26 sq m
               Fitness Stations (20+ gym)                           3.35 stations
               Indoor Bowls                                         0.05 rinks


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               FACILITY TYPE                                        Local Standards of Provision per 1000 population
               ATPs                                                 0.04 pitches

           Quality Standards
5.13       The quality of the existing LBC sports facilities will need to be maintained, and in the case of School facilities these
           need to be improved through BSF where possible.

5.14       The future standard of provision for new facilities should be:

                The sports facilities are to be designed to a minimum playing standard of ‘fit for purpose’ depending on the
                 terminology of the various national governing sporting bodies and Sport England Guidance.
                External elevations to utilise high quality, low maintenance finishes, and be sympathetic to the surrounding
                 environment.
                Finishes being robust and suitable for location and use.
                Building fabric and services to be cost effective with low maintenance.
                First major maintenance to structure to be 50 years. Life expectancy of materials used to external elevations to
                 be 25 years minimum (excluding routine maintenance).
                Sustainable, being responsible to environmental issues in terms of the use of energy and non-sustainable
                 resources and the control of pollution. Use of environmentally friendly and sustainable building services and
                 building materials to be maximised. Materials to be recyclable where possible.
                Services to be essentially economic and environmentally friendly, which allow cost in use to be minimised. The
                 use of natural ventilation to be maximised. Full life cycle cost analysis will be required when considering the
                 building fabric and services

           Accessibility Standards
5.15       The development of accessibility standards for the Borough needs to reflect the urban nature of the area. As
           discussed earlier, all existing pay and play accessible sports facilities are located in and around the main town.

5.16       Given the current spatial distribution of sports facility provision in the Borough, the locations of the Growth Area, and
           the urban nature of the area, accessibility standards will need to be based in realism, and how communities actually
           access provision. Issues such as transporting children, sports kit, directional signage and information etc will also
           need to be considered in relation to access. These latter in particular suggest that users of sports facilities will
           continue to access provision by car.

5.17       It is suggested that accessibility standards reflect the above and the findings of the spatial and supply and demand
           analysis. On this basis the following standards could be adopted:

                New sports facility provision should be located within a 20 minute walk time of its immediate catchment area, and
                 where possible, should be linked to existing community provision e.g. education site,

                All sports facility provision should be within a 20 minute drive time of its surrounding catchment area, and where
                 possible and appropriate, depending on the nature of provision, should be located adjacent to other community
                 provision, to facilitate access and reduce the overall need for travel around the Borough

5.18       This approach can be factored into the planning process, especially in relation to new communities. Given issues of
           resources, until existing facilities are replaced, and potentially re-located, it will need to be recognised that the existing
           infrastructure is unlikely to meet these proposed accessibility standards.

           Recommendation 8 – Increase Participation
5.19       The provision of opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity across the Borough should be supported
           as a key priority given its potential to contribute positively to improved health, reduced obesity and social inclusion.
           Appropriate resources should continue to be made available to improve awareness of provision, increase accessibility
           and deliver sport development programmes to increase and retain participation.

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5.20       Targets for increasing participation should be linked to the identified Bedfordshire and Luton CSP target, and that of
           Active Luton of 1% per annum.

           Recommendation 9 – Review and Update Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS)
5.21       Given that the 2003 Playing Pitch Strategy is now out of date and the fact that the methodology for undertaking
           Playing Pitch Assessments and Strategies was updated in 2007, it is recommended that a new assessment and
           strategy is developed based on a comprehensive review and update of the existing work. This process should include
           a new qualitative assessment of both pitches and changing provision in the Borough, and a new assessment of
           current and future team generation rates (TGRs) for Luton..

5.22       In addition, the new PPS should include a comprehensive review of the current and future needs of local sports clubs,
           and particularly football and cricket, in terms of their use of LBC owned land and facilities. It will be important to
           involve NGBs eg Beds FA in this process.

5.23       The new PPS should link to and reflect the Luton and South Bedfordshire Green Space Strategy and the South
           Bedfordshire PPS, given the population growth in the two areas, and the joint approach being taken to planning
           between the two local authorities.

           Recommendation 10 - Strategy Implementation
5.24       In order to commence the implementation of the Luton Sports Facilities Strategy, it is recommended that the following
           additional work in undertaken:

               Feasibility Study for the replacement of Wardown Pool
               Feasibility Study for the development of a major new sub-regional, joint facility in the Growth Area
               FPM assessment of potential sites for new pools; this will assist in identifying the optimum location for new and
                replacement facilities in terms of catchment areas and overall accessibility to the community, linked to the level
                and location of existing facilities in the Borough.
               FPM assessment of potential sites for new pools
               Consideration of how best to provide the identified level of additional facility provision, and specifically in the
                Growth Area; i.e. is it better to extend Lea Manor and Putteridge Sports Centres, develop new provision on the
                site of new secondary schools provided for the Growth Area, or develop one new sub-regional facility, plus more
                local facilities (not swimming) on new school sites? These issues will need to be tackled in the feasibility study
                referred to above.
               Development of an Action Plan to deliver the strategy recommendations
               Ensure the appropriate policy e.g. sports facility provision in new development, new sports facility provision, dual
                use sites etc is developed to reflect the strategy recommendations and feed into the LDF and the South
                Bedfordshire and Luton Greenspace Strategy

           Recommendation 11 - Monitoring of Strategy Implementation
5.25       Given the time period covered by this strategy, and the fact that there is likely to be ongoing change in relation to
           population growth, and the provision of community services, it is recommended that this strategy and its
           recommended actions are reviewed on a five year basis.




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