Improvements made to community facilities and public open spaces thanks to developer funding allocated by council

Published Monday 4 March 2024


All-Weather Sports Pitch in Market Harborough
Photo by Andy Carpenter
All-Weather Sports Pitch in Market Harborough Photo by Andy Carpenter

Community projects that support the health and wellbeing of residents in the Harborough district have benefitted from funding received from developers as part of planning obligations set out by the council.

Harborough District Council’s Section 106 developer contributions have delivered vital infrastructure for residents between April 2022 and March 2023 providing better healthcare, improved open spaces and more sport and recreational provision.

Major projects solely or part funded by S106 contributions include:

  • Lutterworth Rugby Football Club’s clubhouse renovations – For the team’s 150th anniversary these works involved constructing a single-storey extension to the pre-existing club building. Within the new extension are additional changing rooms including two en suite changing rooms, two playing equipment storage areas, with the capacity to convert them into two extra en suite changing rooms if required, a rehabilitation area and two externally accessible toilets.
  • Kibworth Skatepark – A new skatepark costing circa £260,0000 has been built in the Warwick Park Recreation Ground.
  • All-Weather Sports Pitch – A state-of-the-art floodlight facility costing around £1 million has been built at Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough. It is used by students, community groups and Market Harborough Hockey Club.

Other projects include contributions towards the Pavillion in Husband Bosworth, the footpath path in Kibworth Beauchamp cemetery, the Hub in Scraptoft, Manor Field Recreation Ground in Thurnby and Lutterworth Community Centre.

Cllr Simon Galton, Deputy Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “I am delighted we have been able to allocate funding from developers to worthwhile projects that make a real difference to people’s lives. We want to support communities where we can and help to improve community facilities and open spaces for the benefit of residents in the Harborough district.” 

You can read the council’s Infrastructure Funding Statement 2022/23, which is an annual statement of the financial and non-financial Section 106 contributions, and outlines Community Infrastructure Levy (where charged) and Section 278 agreements (where applicable) from new developments here:

To apply for Section 106 funding towards a community project in the Harborough district visit: