Work to develop a vision for parks and green spaces to the east of Basingstoke is now underway. TEP in partnership with Strategic Leisure and iTransport have been appointed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to develop a Natural Environment Management Plan for the area, which will create walking and cycling corridors, protect and enhance biodiversity and promote healthy lifestyles.
In support of a number of the council’s priorities including Horizon 2050, the Climate Emergency Declaration and the Green Infrastructure Strategy, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is exploring opportunities to create a linked network of parks and green spaces incorporating Eastrop Park, War Memorial Park, Black Dam Ponds, Crabtree and the Lime Pits. It will look at improving green links with Basingstoke Common and Millfield along the River Loddon valley and connect Festival Place along the historic route of the Basingstoke Canal.
The work could involve updating existing facilities in the parks and green spaces and the creation of a greater range of outdoor opportunities, possibly including play areas, cafes and visitor centres for people of all ages to enjoy.
As part of the outline masterplan, TEP’s landscape designers will be considering the following opportunities:
Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell comments: “The borough’s excellent framework of parks and green spaces are key to the quality of life for residents and wildlife in the borough, both now and in the future.
“They form part of our vision to create a masterplan for the natural environment covering the whole area between Old Basing and Basingstoke and I am delighted we are moving this exciting project forward.”
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