THE FINAL masterplan for Newbold Comyn looks set to get the green light.
The plan for the former golf course, which will see an extension to the nature reserve and mixed-use cycle tracks, is set to be discussed at the council’s executive meeting later this month.
The revised final masterplan takes account of a public consultation which received over 2,200 responses, market testing with potential activity providers and the wider pandemic situation.
Limited operator interest in the current climate has meant the removal of plans for the adventure golf and 9-hole pitch and putt and high ropes, zip wires and activity centre. Instead the proposal seeks to retain the spaces for future outdoor activities to be reviewed by Spring 2022.
An addition to the masterplan includes a ‘learn to ride’ area that will allow children to learn to cycle and progress on to the other cycle trails.
The nature reserve extension will allow room for tree planting as part of the council’s goal to plant 160,000 trees across the district over the next ten years.
Following the agreement of the proposals, the council will begin a phased approach based on the financial requirements for each element. The masterplan remains an outline document and each phase will be subject to relevant planning permissions.
The council will also be working with Warwickshire County Council on a traffic and parking assessment.
The council’s culture spokesperson Moira-Ann Grainger said: “Since the closure of the golf course we have been working closely with residents and local stakeholders to understand the future of Newbold Comyn. Following three consultations and over 7,000 responses, we feel we have a masterplan that reflects the requirements of our residents, and I look forward to hearing what other councillors think of these proposals.
“This is very much a local facility for local people, with the cycle tracks, extended nature reserve and additional football pitches providing a real focus on improving our residents’ health and wellbeing.”
The meeting of the Executive can be watched live on the council’s YouTube channel from 6pm on Tuesday November 17.
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/newboldcomynpark for more details of the plan.