Exclusive: Councils to sell hundreds of acres of school playing field land

TES investigation reveals areas with high obesity levels are shedding huge amounts of land.


The amount of school playing field land earmarked for sell-off has increased dramatically to a seven-year high, a TES investigation reveals.


Information from 65 local authorities shows that they sought permission to sell or transfer 160 acres of school playing fields last year – more than double the amount set aside the previous year.


This is the most playing field land marked for sell-off in a single year during the seven years for which data is available.


Almost half of the land was in three local authority areas – Knowsley, Kent and Barnsley – all of which have higher than average levels of overweight and obese children of Reception age.


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