The Council’s Extant Unitary Development Policy – Citywide Development Control Policy, Part 2 Area 13: Chorlton and Barlow Moor under ‘Environmental Improvement and Protection’, states

‘The Council will retain the open character of Hough End Playing Fields as a major recreational facility and seek to improve the visual appearance of the site’.

It is stated that

‘Hough End Playing Fields form a large site of high recreational leisure and open space value…The Council wishes to protect this’.

Quite simply the Open Space Value is destroyed if the existing pitches are fenced. On this basis the proposal is unacceptable and should be refused