TWO councils in Gloucestershire are working together to carry out a comprehensive review of social, sport and open spaces in their areas.

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils have appointed technical sports consultancy Knight, Kavanagh and Page to carry out the review which will address how the needs of communities may evolve in the future.

The study will look at community facilities managed across public, private, voluntary or education sectors and will help produce a strategy which, when adopted, will help shape planning provision for the next ten years.

It will take into account all indoor and outdoor sports facilities, playing pitches and open green spaces throughout Cheltenham and Tewkesbury boroughs, including those for football, rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis badminton, squash and swimming.

The project will involve and be managed by representatives from Sport England, key governing bodies for sport, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.

Tracey Crews, lead officer for the social, sport and open spaces study, said,:“This study, subsidised by the Large Scale Infrastructure Fund will provide an important part of the evidence to draft policies of the local plans for Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. When completed, the study will be a key tool in negotiations on development sites with regards to community, sport and open space provision. It will also support any future funding bids for the provision of new facilities.”

Over the coming months, representatives from KKP will get in touch with sports and community groups, town and parish councils and other partners to discuss how existing facilities are being used and to carry out site surveys.

Anyone interested in the study should contact (KKP) Natalie Atkinson on 0161 7647040,