A massive new urban park with a huge sculpture, walkways and a family bike path is expected to be created in Swadlincote.
It would be partly funded by money from developers building hundreds of houses nearby and capital funds, the rest would come from sources such as grant applications from groups like British Cycling and Sport England.
If approved, the 11-acre park would be part of a 200-acre area under redevelopment, including the construction of 600 homes and a separate 50-acre country park, all off William Nadin Way.
Now, new images have been released for the first time showing what the park would look like, complete with a 1.14 km family bike path and learning to drive area, as well as trails, trees and plantations.
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It will be located to the left of the new roundabout, off William Nadin Way.
South Derbyshire District Council has now asked its own planning department to approve the request.
A report, submitted alongside the proposal, said: “A new park will be created for Swadlincote that is integrated with its surroundings, is highly connected for pedestrians and cyclists, promotes activity, health and well-being and provides access to good quality green spaces and the natural environment. “
The park would be partially paid for in cash by the developers through a Section 106 agreement with the council. The agreements provide that developers building homes must contribute to facilities in the area, due to the impact the construction would have. It can also include money given to schools and doctor’s offices due to the influx of many more people as new homes are built.
The park would also include a pumping track and an area for children and beginner to intermediate cyclists and those on scooters to hone their skills and learn to ride.
The report adds: “The rest of the design takes into account access, through routes, plantings and ecological contributions, furniture and orientation, and aims to provide a park that is not designed. simply to “meet a budget” but which offers a fun destination. for all visitors through a range of different activities and spaces.
“The learning-to-drive space will be a space for learning the basics of controlling and driving the bike and will allow coaching sessions to be carried out. Ground markings will be proposed to imitate those typically found on the roads.
“The park is also striving to increase dwell time with seats placed at the main entrances to the park and a hard parking area that could accommodate a food or coffee truck.”
The park is part of the 200-acre Cadley Park and was officially known as Cadley Hill Colliery with the end of all mining in 1997. A large master plan has been developed for the larger park which includes hundreds of new homes. , two golf courses, a family pub, a country park and a driving range.
A decision should be made in the coming months.
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