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Private sign at the entrance to the Hardy Farm Sports Ground car park, Hardy Lane | by pluralzed
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Private sign at the entrance to the Hardy Farm Sports Ground car park, Hardy Lane

A public footpath / cycle path starts just to the right of this sign, but the route through the car park and past the pavilion is clearly marked as private.

 

Hardy Farm was previously owned by UMIST, having been developed as a sports facility in the early 1970s. However use of the site was largely abandoned due to subsidence (much of the land is former landfill).

 

The University later sold much of the land to West Didsbury and Chorlton Grounds Ltd who applied for permission to develop the site, creating a number of grass and astroturf pitches, with associated floodlighting etc. This application was withdrawn following public opposition. In early 2011 Christian organisation Betel of Britain gained planning consent to convert the pavilion to a residential training centre. They have also announced plans for the management of the rest of the Upper Hardy Farm site which, whilst involving restoration of the playing fields, appears to be rather more sensitive and take into account the biological importance of the site and allow for continued informal public access.

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Taken on December 18, 2011