Plans are in for Oakham Rugby Club’s sports pavilion

PLANS for a new sports pavilion in Oakham are moving forward after a planning application was submitted this week.

Rutland Agricultural Society and Oakham Rugby Club have applied to Rutland County Council for a new facility on land north of the Oakham bypass.

The pavilion would include changing rooms and a bar, kitchen and function room.

If approved the club hopes it would be ready for the 2013/14 season.

The club is moving from its current home, which is owned by the agricultural society, because it is part of the area where developer Hawksmead is building 1,100 homes in its Oakham North development.

The society hopes to move its Rutland County Show to the site from its current venue at Burley-on-the-Hill.

Society chairman Jeremy Skipper says the pavilion and change of use for the land would be a major benefit for Rutland.

He said: “It’s lovely to see things coming together and I’m very happy with how things are going. It will be very good for Rutland to have a nice facility.

“We have a beautiful county but we do not have anywhere for a major outdoor event.

“We are very grateful that we’ve been able to hold the Rutland County Show at Burley-on-the-Hill but space is limited and there is no room to expand the show.

“The new land will allow us to expand and hopefully solve the traffic problems that we have at Burley-on-the-Hill.

“The new facility will be great for the club too and hopefully bring them even more success.

“It will be a major benefit for Rutland and a great asset.”

A consultation period has now begun on the plans and will run until September 7.

Oakham Rugby Club has been running fundraising events in a bid to raise the £50,000 needed to build the pavilion.

Outline planning approval for the pavilion was granted in January last year.

The rugby club would not comment on the application.

Architects LE1, of Leicester, have drawn up plans for the development.

The application can be seen at planningonline.rutland.gov.uk