Future ideas for Leamington's Newbold Comyn unveiled - The Leamington Observer

Future ideas for Leamington's Newbold Comyn unveiled

Ian Hughes 26th Feb, 2019   0

A RANGE of potential future ideas for Newbold Comyn have been drawn up.

Warwick District Council launched a public consultation last summer on the way forward for the 300-acre country park in Leamington following the closure of the golf course at the end of 2017.

With the operation of an 18 hole golf course now considered not cost effective, consultants have come up with other ideas based on feedback from residents.

Possible future options include a redesigned golf course, which could include a par three course, driving range, adventure golf, footgolf or a new pitch and putt course – or a combination of them all.

An outdoor activity centre – with zip wires, dry tobogganing, climbing, and archery – and an adventure park for older children, improved skate park, a ‘Trim Trail’ featuring exercise equipment, and cycle routes are also possibilities.

As is a full-size 3G artificial pitch, with floodlights, next to the existing football pitches.

Extending the Leam Valley Nature Reserve, a woodland nature trail, and a community garden are also set to be further considered, as is the possibility of a visitor centre incorporating a cafe.

Council chiefs are also expected to request further details of the potential commercial viability of outbuildings next to the Newbold Comyn Arms.

The district council’s ruling executive is set to consider the report next week. The committee is expected to agree to consider the options again in the summer following further analysis of the options, including costs.

The 45-year-old golf course closed after former management company Mack Golf withdrew from its contract.

The course, which made up a large part of the 120 hectare country park, has remained unplayed since, although £50,000 is being spent on maintaining it.

Council chiefs were quick to rule out any sort of housing development on the land.

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