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Decisions made at Executive meeting – 29 June 2017

Published Friday 30 June 2017

The outcomes of items considered at Harborough District Council’s Executive meeting on Thursday 29 June 2017.

The outcomes of items considered at Harborough District Council’s Executive meeting on Thursday 29 June 2017 are as follows:

Market Harborough Rugby Club and Harborough Town Football Club got a welcome boost after Harborough District Council granted the clubs a 50 year lease of land in Northampton Road in Market Harborough. The council said the decision would maximise the use of the assets for recreational purposes and help the sports clubs accommodate increased demand and potentially improve facilities. Councillors agreed a 50 year lease to the rugby club for two additional full sized pitches to address current demand. It was also agreed that the football club would take on the main football pitch and surrounding land to assist in its ambitions to create a 3G (synthetic) pitch on the site having secured section 106 (developer contribution) funding towards the project.

Councillors approved a six week public consultation to take place starting in September 2017 regarding the de-declaration of Scraptoft Local Nature Reserve to run alongside the forthcoming period for representations on the new Local Plan. The site in Scraptoft currently has no formal public access, and is predominantly an area of scrub-grassland. Some grassland quality has also declined due to over-grazing of horses. Last year, the location was identified as an area for possible development through the council’s call for potential housing sites – known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). However it is proposed that some of the site could be enhanced as an attractive public space which supports wildlife and biodiversity. This could help protect and enrich the ecological value of the most significant parts of the site.