A government-backed scheme has launched a ‘culture, sport and planning toolkit’ to aid the introduction of sport and culture facilities into regeneration developments.

It sets out a five stage online process demonstration how to build culture and sport into regeneration schemes. It provides information, best practice and case studies as well as planning tools.

The toolkit, which is hosted on the Living Places website, supports the idea that cultural and sporting facilities are important in new communities and regenerated areas.

It was created by a host of bodies including the Department for Culture Media and Sport; the Department of Communities and Local Government; the Homes and Communities Agency; Living East; Living Places, the Town and Country Planning Association, Arts Council England; Museums, Libraries, and Archives Partnership; CABE; English Heritage; Sport England; Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership; Northamptonshire County Council; Culture East Midlands; Culture West Midlands and Culture South East.

The development of thetookkit and the associated training and dissemination programme is funded by the UK treasury’s ‘Invest to Save Inclusive Communities’ budget.

Roy Clare, chief executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and chair of the Living Places Partnership, said: ‘Built environment professionals and people working in culture and sport want the same thing; healthy, prosperous, vibrant places where people trust their neighbours and feel proud of their neighbourhood. But for too long, culture, sport and planning have spoken different languages. This toolkit is an online translator to break down historic barriers. It will help culture, sport and planning work more closely together to build better places for the future.’

Gideon Amos, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, which built the toolkit, said: ‘This toolkit will help build culture and sport into the planning process from the start, so that new places and renewed places will have the infrastructure they need. By using the simple five step guide in the toolkit, planners, developers and regeneration professionals will be able to build the benefits of culture and sport into their plans in the right way and at the right time.’