Stamford playarea auction halted at the eleventh hour

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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 on Wednesday night. Despite a Section 106 agreement attached to the site when planning permission was granted, meaning any buyer would not have been able to develop it, the proposed sale still left residents concerned.

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 on Wednesday, 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.”

Mr McGreal added: “We are pleased that it’s been resolved at the end of the day to everyone’s satisfaction. The council was happy to accept it as it was in the end.”

Father-of-two Mark Thomas was among the many residents, who voiced concern over the proposed sale, last week.

He said: “I think it’s wonderful how a small group of residents can get together and get a result in such a short time. However although Jelson and Rutland County Council finally came to a solution at the 11th hour, it has put the residents under a lot of stress in the last week.

“It shouldn’t really have got to this stage in the first place. If it wasn’t the sale coming to our attention last week and all of us getting involved, this land could quite easily have been sold off.”