Plan for football pitches at Barleythorpe divides Rutland County Council opinions

A SPECIAL meeting has been called to discuss plans for two football pitches after councillors were split over the proposals.

A SPECIAL meeting has been called to discuss plans for two football pitches after councillors were split over the proposals.

Rutland County Council’s development control and licensing committee discussed plans for two adult football pitches in Barleythorpe at its meeting on Tuesday.

Members of the committee were split on the application, which was submitted by Oakham United Football Club.

Four members voted for the application to be approved and four voted against it. One councillor abstained from the vote.

Chairman of the committee Charlotte Vernon (Con) had the casting vote and approved the application but a request was made after the vote to refer the application to full council to be discussed.

It will be discussed during a special meeting of the council on Monday, May 21, at 7pm in the council chamber.

Deputy council leader Terry King (Con) said: “Once an application of this nature is decided upon a casting vote, it is important that there is an opportunity for it to be referred to full council.

“Accordingly members had until Thursday morning to request that this application be referred up to full council.

“The system is in place to cover these larger issues. Therefore it was not surprising that the referral to full council was recommended by those both for and against the application.”

If the application is approved, it will be used by Oakham United Football Club, which currently plays at Catmose College in Huntsman Drive, Oakham.

An annexe to the new Rutland County College site would be converted for changing room and clubhouse facilities and one of the pitches would be floodlit.

Planning officers had recommended the application be approved.

The council had received a number of letters, supporting and objecting to the application.

The council also received letters supporting the football pitches from Rutland County College and the Peterborough and District Football League stating the facilities were necessary for the football club to progress.

At the meeting on May 21, councillors will also discuss a retrospective application to retain a garden shed and children’s play equipment at a home in Morcott.

This was also discussed at the development control meeting on Tuesday.