Leisure audits

Local authorities are required to assess the existing and future needs of their communities for open space, sports and recreational facilities.

The five District & County Council's in Buckinghamshire came together to form a singular unitary authority in April 2020. References to AVDC, CDC, SBDC, WDC or BCC are as the council's were formed at the time of the creation of content.

We have conducted a number of leisure audits since 2004:

• 2009/10 audit informed our revised playing pitch strategy (2010)
• 2004 initial audit formed the evidence base for our sport and leisure supplementary planning guidance (2004) and the ready reckoner (2005)
• In 2012, a full audit was carried out and this was updated in March 2017.

New Playing Pitch Strategy and Built Facilities Strategy 2018-19

AVDC (now Buckinghamshire Council) commissioned a new Playing Pitch Strategy to be prepared from May 2018 to March 2019. The Strategy will provide an understanding on the specific needs and opportunities including quantitative or qualitative deficit of playing pitches or surplus now and in the future. The work is a complete update and replacement of the 2010 Playing Pitch Strategy and will utilise elements of the 2017 Assessment of Open Space, Sport and Recreation Needs for Aylesbury Vale. The Strategy will be produced with engagement of Sport England, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Neighbouring Local Authorities, Leisure Operators and Developers, Outdoor Sports Leagues, Major Sports Clubs, LEAP and Parish and Town Councils. The study will follow the Sport England Playing Pitch Strategy Guidance.

The Built Facilities Strategy will be a strategy (the same timescale as the new Playing Pitch Strategy) for built sports facilities to help ensure the priority provision, adoption and maintenance of sport and leisure facilities in the Vale. The facilities covered in this strategy are swimming pools, sports halls, community halls, health and fitness/gyms, athletics, gymnastics, indoor tennis, indoor bowls, squash courts, multi sport leisure complex/sports villages and gymnastic centres. The Strategy will be produced in partners including Sport England, Leap, Bucks NHS CCG, Parish and Town Councils, Site Operators and Wheelpower.

Audit Interactive map

As part of the audit being carried out in 2012, please review the green spaces on the map linked below and contact us if you notice any omissions or errors. Enter your postcode or road name into the search. Click on the open space you are interested in and again on the displayed hyperlink which will take you to the current audit report for this area of public open space. To navigate use the buttons or click and drag to your desired location.