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Plans to improve Bourne Rugby Club in Milking Nook Drove given go-ahead

Plans to improve a town sports facility have been given the green light.

Members of South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee voted in favour of proposals for improvements of Bourne Rugby Club, at a meeting on Wednesday (May 12).

The application was submitted by the rugby club in Milking Nook Drove for the renovation and extension of the existing club house and the installation of two spectator stands and flood lights.

The proposed and existing clubhouse at Bourne Rugby Club. Drawing: Reeve Architectural Design
The proposed and existing clubhouse at Bourne Rugby Club. Drawing: Reeve Architectural Design

Coun Robert Reid (Con), representing Bourne Austerby, expressed his support of the plans.

He said: “The rugby club was started in 1987, the managers purchased the land in 1989 and the existing club house that they have was built in 1992 so I welcome the application and seeing the terrific effort they’ve made to be able to have the upgraded facilities.”

Coun Helen Crawford (Con) added: “I would like to re-iterate what Coun Reid has said. It is positive not only for the rugby club but the town of Bourne.

“It’s good they will have stands because it is windy down there.”

The extension of the clubhouse adds a further changing room and a meeting room to the building with an increase in floorspace in the other changing rooms and lounge area. A small canopy at the height of the building, will be installed along both side elevations.

The covered stands are for standing spectators and will be located along the eastern boundary of the site.

While there has been a few objections from residents, councillors are confident that a two-metre boarded fence to replace the open boundary will be sufficient at preventing issues.

Coun Ian Selby (unaligned) said: “I wholeheartedly support them and wish them the best for the

The proposal gained unanimous support from all of the councillors.

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