New images show what Swadlincote’s 11-acre park could look like

A massive new urban park with a huge sculpture, walkways and a family cycle route is set to be created in Swadlincote. It would be partly paid for from money from developers building hundreds of homes nearby and capital funding, the rest would come sources including applying for grants from groups like British Cycling and Sport England. If approved, the 11-acre park would form part of a 200-acre area that is being redeveloped, including, building 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 how the park would look, with a 1.14km family cycle route and a learn to ride area, along with footpaths, trees and planting. TOP STORY: How covid rules will change again on August 16 It will be located to the left of the new roundabout, off William Nadin Way.

South Derbyshire District Council has now applied to its own planning department to rubber stamp the application. 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 wellness and gives access to good quality greenspace and the natural environment.” The park would partly be paid for with cash from developers via a Section 106 agreement with council.

The agreements see developers building homes having to contribute to facilities in the area, due to the impact building would have. It can also include money handed over towards school places and doctors’ surgeries due to the influx of many more people as new homes go up. The park would also include a pump track and area where children and new to intermediate cyclists and those on scooters to hone their skills and learn to ride zone.

The report added: “The rest of the design considers access, through routes, planting and ecological contributions, furniture and way finding and aims to provide a park that is not designed simply to just ‘meet a budget’ but one that provides a fun destination for all visitors through a range of different activities and spaces. “The learn to ride area will be a space for learning the basics of bike control and handling and will allow coaching sessions to take place. Line markings will be proposed to mimic those typically found on roads.

“The park also strives to increase dwell time with seating positioned at key entrances to the park and an area of hard standing that could accommodate a food or coffee truck.” The park forms part of the 200-acre Cadley Park and was formally known as Cadley Hill Colliery with all mining ceasing in 1997.A large masterplan has been developed for the wider park which includes hundreds of new homes, two golf courses, a family pub, a country park and a driving range. A decision is due to be made in the next few months.

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