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Playgrounds: Disability

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 45573, tabled on 2 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of working with representatives of parents of disabled children to develop new guidance for local authorities on the creation of (a) accessible and (b) inclusive playgrounds.

Answered on

21 September 2022

The Government's National Planning Policy Framework encourages the creation of places that are safe, inclusive and accessible and which promote health and well-being. In support of this, the National Model Design Code, which guides the production of local design codes, encourages the design of children's play areas to be inclusive and accessible.

Local planning authorities are responsible for the achievement of these objectives locally and can influence the development of play areas through their local planning policies and decisions.

We aim to review the national planning and design guidance periodically, in consultation with relevant organisations.

The department does not hold data on the number and proportion of playgrounds that are accessible to disabled children in England.