Rutland County Council adopts Belvoir Close playarea to stop auction

Play area at Belvoir Way, Stamford EMN-160419-163535009
Play area at Belvoir Way, Stamford EMN-160419-163535009
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The auction of a playarea has been stopped at the 11th hour after Rutland County Council “formally adopted” the site.

The developer Jelson Homes provoked outrage with residents last week after it was revealed it intended to auction the Belvoir Close playarea in Stamford and associated open space at auction, which was due to take place tonight (Wednesday).

Jelson’s director Terry McGreal told the Mercury last week the auction had been prompted by the refusal of Rutland County Council to adopt the playarea. The land is on the border of Rutland and Lincolnshire.

A spokesman for the council said today however: “The council is pleased to confirm that it has reached an agreement with Jelson Homes over the status of Belvoir Close playarea. Having resolved all outstanding issues relating to this site, the council has now formally adopted the open space, with Jelson paying a commuted sum towards the cost of maintenance over the next 10 years.

“The council is committed to preserving the site as an open space, in line with the development’s section 106 agreement, and hopes local residents will continue to use and enjoy the park.”