Petition against Harpenden Colts football development plans

Harpenden New Farm Protection Group chairman Nick Mourant with the petition

Harpenden New Farm Protection Group chairman Nick Mourant with the petition - Credit: Photo supplied

A PETITION objecting to a proposed Green Belt sports project in Harpenden has been presented to the district council ahead of a decision on the scheme.

More than 700 residents have signed the petition organised by Harpenden New Farm Protection Group (NFPG) opposing a planning application to develop extensive football facilities in Roundwood Lane.

Residents living near the 12.82 hectare agricultural site owned by Herts county council have been battling since first learning of the proposal put forward by Harpenden Colts Football Club, initially publicised October last year.

The club has recently submitted its scheme to St Albans district council, with public consultation on the bid to turn the land at New Farm into 11 pitches, a car park for 100 vehicles and a pavilion/changing room ending on March 25.

It boasts a membership of 750 youngsters but has no home grounds or training facilities of its own.

However NFPG oppose any such development of the Green Belt site, which residents have described as “outstanding countryside”.