Our approach was to identify all facilities in Hackney, including location, type, ownership and scale. We quality audited all key HC facilities, plus those on education sites to understand the extent of community accessibility available and identify any opportunities to increase this. We consulted widely with schools, stakeholders, clubs, NGBs and neighbouring local authorities, to develop a picture of existing supply and demand for provision. We then analysed supply v demand, to highlight both existing gaps in provision, and future need. Future need was assessed using future planning models, and linked to the population growth in the Borough, plus proposals for new housing development, and the specific opportunity to re-develop Britannia Leisure Centre, and extend London Fields Lido.
We checked and challenged the FPM analysis for the Borough and updated where appropriate, so that the supply v demand analysis reflects the actual situation on the ground; what this highlighted was the extent of existing provision but the lack of community pay and play access to the majority of education facilities. The main need moving forward is for both sports halls and swimming pools; the need is not just additional provision, but to do with the quality of existing facilities, some of which are old and no longer fit for purpose e.g. Kings Hall Leisure Centre, and facility capacity e.g. Clissold Leisure Centre