Donation of Land

In 1996 the John Stacey Group donated 22 acres of land, known as Barlow's Plantation, for football and community use.

This led to the creation of Barlow's Plantation Environmental Trust Ltd (BPET) to oversee the development of the formal landfill site. One of the first actions of the newly established group, was to take advantage of the Landfill Tax Rebate Scheme – this generated 120,000.

Council Study

During this time, Tadley Town Council and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council were conducting a study into recreational facilities in the area. The findings, which were published in 1997, indicated a serious shortfall in sporting facilities - the most serious being in football pitches.


After the report was published, a further four football pitches were lost, which exacerbated this shortage. The Basingstoke and Deane Football Development Council identified Barlow's Plantation as a high priority development site.

Tadley Town Council, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and the Barlow's Plantation Environmental Trust formed a partnership to advance plans for the site.

Development

A 99 year sub-lease on the site was granted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. To date a senior pitch, junior pitch, four mini-pitches, changing facilities and a meeting room have been built. These occupy eight acres of the available land.

Funding

The project has been funded by 500,000 available to BPET, a capital grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council totally 230,000, and grant aid from the Football Foundation to the sum of 803,000. In total just over 1.5 million.