London Plan – call for Play policy to include Adventure Playgrounds
Some exciting news from the South…
‘Play England’s Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler attended the launch of the consultation of the New Draft London Plan which began on 1 December 2017.
Play England welcomes the Policy S4 on Play and Informal Recreation which calls on London Boroughs to:
– undertake audits of existing play and informal recreation provision and opportunities, and assessments of need, considering the quantity, quality and accessibility of provision
– produce strategies on play and informal recreation facilities and opportunities, supported by Development Plan policies, to address identified needs.
Play England would also like to see the inclusion of adventure playgrounds in all new developments.
This is because adventure playgrounds offer a unique form of staffed play provision where children can play in ways that they often can’t elsewhere. Adventure playgrounds can offer children – particularly vulnerable children living in areas of high social deprivation – places where they learn for themselves how to deal with challenges and risks and build the resilience needed to cope with life’s challenges. They are challenging but safe places to play because they are staffed by skilled playworkers.
Because of the unique public service that adventure playgrounds offer, they often become the heart of a neighbourhood community.
From Monday 4 December 2017 you will be able to comment on the plan online.
We would urge everyone to submit comments supporting the Policy on Play, and calling for the inclusion into Policy S4 of adventure playgrounds in new developments.
All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.’
You can submit comments online as of Monday
You can download the Social Infrastructure Chapter here.