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Green light for Derby Arena development

Derby City Council (DCC) has approved planning permission for the development of a new multi-million pound sports and entertainment arena near the city’s exist- ing Pride Park Stadium. The 14,500sq m (156,077sq ft) venue

has been designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects and will house a 250m cycling track and a 1.5km (0.9-mile) outdoor closed cycle trail. It is hoped work will now be able to commence in June, with a sports infield accommodating 12 badminton courts and hospitality facilities included in the plans.

2012 digital legacy plans revealed

Details have been revealed of a new joint venture between the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) and Sport England, which aims to secure a digi- tal legacy for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Te partnership will encour-

ageconsumers to become more physically active and as a result grow membership numbers at sports and health clubs. The strategy will be based around a new themed website – to be launched in the run up to the 2012 Games – offering consumers that have been inspired by the Olympics an easy way of accessing sport in their area. Describing the scheme, David Stalker, CEO

A website will offer consumers an easy way of accessing sport “It’s no real surprise that over the last three

of the FIA, said: “We live in a digital age in which consumers are used to buying online, and in which we expect instantaneous out- comes at a the click of a button.

LRK Associates designed the new SportHouse

£8.1m SportHouse facility opens in London

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave helped mark the official opening of a major new £8.1m sports complex in east London’s Mayesbrook Park. Built by Morgan Sindall, the LRK

Associates-designed SportHouse boasts a 5,000sq m (53,820sq ſt) sports hall – one of the UK’s largest – fitted with Gerflor’s Taraflex flooring. Other facilities include a 300-station fit-

ness area equipped by Cybex, two full-size basketball courts, medical testing rooms, changing areas and a restaurant.

Deal secured for S&P- designed Swindon scheme

Swindon Borough Council (SBC) and Moirai Capital Investments have moved forward with proposals for the Wiltshire town’s new £65m regional leisure hub. Leases have been agreed for the proj-

ect, which will see Oasis Leisure Centre transferred to a private operator on 1 June before it undergoes an extensive refur- bishment. An indoor ski slope, arena and waterpark will also form part of the planned new hub, with leisure specialists S&P Architects working on the design of the development.

years there has been a 400 per cent increase in online searching for places to find, book and play sport and physical activity. But with no platform to fulfil this consumer desire, we are currently missing out on a prime opportunity to get more people active.”

DCMS to be closed down after Olympics?

Te coalition government is considering shutting down the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), according to Labour party deputy leader Harriet Harman. Writing in London’s

Evening Standard (ES), Harman said “there are well- sourced rumours” that the government sees the DCMS as surplus to requirements aſter the London 2012 Games. Harman’s claims came on

the same day that an influen- tial conservative think tank suggested that scrapping the department would produce ‘huge savings’ for the government. Te Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA)

claims that closing the DCMS could save £1.6bn if all departmental spending ceased.

Jeremy Hunt – the culture secretary at the DCMS Te free market group also suggested that

the savings on expenditure would give the gov- ernment scope to cut taxes elsewhere. Details: (IEA) or see John Goodbody’s thought leaders piece on page 8

Planning safeguards for UK playing fields

Te government has included safeguards to protect sports playing fields from development in its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published in March this year. Planning minister Greg Clark announced the launch of the new 50-page document,

10 Read Sports Management online

which is designed to simplify the planning process and support economic growth. Te new NPPF will only allow the devel-

opment of existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land if it involves the creation of equivalent or improved facilities.

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