The much publicised and controversial new legislation setting minimum requirements for school playing fields comes into force at the end of October. Secondary schools in England previously had to provide playing fields ranging from 5,000 to 54,000 square metres, depending on the number of pupils. Education Secretary, Michael Gove’s legislation now requires schools to provide only "suitable outdoor space" for pupils.

The government has approved the sale of 21 school sports fields in the past two years. When the Conservatives were last in power, 1979 - 1997, an estimated 10,000 playing fields were disposed of, compared to just 213 under the last Labour government.

No surprise therefore that this is such a politicised issue.

And where does this leave the government's desire for a lasting Olympic legacy? Almost a third of children aged 2- 15 in the UK are obese. Only time will tell whether this legislation will have a negative impact on the health of the next British generation.

Developers are eagerly waiting on the touch line.