Oakham Town Council is set to protect from development an area of land which is popular with dog walkers and children.
The council has agreed to secure land in Barleythorpe Road, opposite the former Rutland College site, on a 99-year lease from Tresham College and retain it as an open space for recreational and general public use.
Tresham College has sold the old Rutland College site to Sainsbury’s and the firm has been given the green light to build there.
The land is situated on the sweeping bend between Catmose College and the Bellway Homes development on the old Parks School site and directly opposite the proposed Sainsbury’s store.
The area of open space is popular with dog walkers, other recreational users and is also used as a cut-through by pupils from Catmose College.
Oakham mayor Adam Lowe said the council wanted to keep the area as an “attractive entrance” to the town and retain it for public use.
It is expected that the the town council will assume responsibility in about three months time when the contractual arrangements have been finalised.