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Following an extensive consultation period by Countryside, including a community consultation day last summer, the plans for the northern section of the Country Park were finalised by landscape architects, David Jarvis Associates. The practice, which is responsible for the design of the entire Country Park, has worked closely with other specialist designers, including a commissioned group of public artists, to deliver an engaging, accessible and attractive recreational area. Following submission, the proposed plans were adjusted further, to address feedback from local residents and other groups.
Specialist skate park designers, Wheelscape, helped plan the new skate and BMX Park, which can also be used by scooters and in-line skaters, incorporating some ambitious ideas from local children. Also, as part of the wider public arts programme, artists Tom and Simon Bloor have designed an equipped play area for children of all ages, with a range of play experiences. The bespoke ‘fitness stations’ along the 1km trim trail are the creation of Nils Norman, the artist behind the spectacular new bird screens installed within the park’s wetland area in the summer of 2014.
Informal recreation areas with open grass areas for picnics will also been included, which together with the woodland will help to increase biodiversity and form an educational resource.
Construction of the park has been taking place in phases with the first phase, due to open shortly, already home to a wide range of birds and wildlife which are thriving in the woodland, ponds and bird reserve.
In addition to providing a range of play and recreational areas, allotments for local residents are being constructed in a variety of sizes within the Country Park, as well as playing fields for the new secondary school, due to open in September 2016.
Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside, comments: “We’re delighted to have our latest plans approved by Cambridge City Council. The Country Park at Great Kneighton will provide a beautiful backdrop for the new homes and an interesting, engaging and relaxing environment for everyone to enjoy. In delivering a modern development of this scale, we are keen to encourage and support active healthy living for residents. This second phase certainly has plenty to keep residents, young and old, occupied and active, as well as creating a more diverse habitat to attract wildlife. We enjoyed working closely with the local residents during the consultation period and we believe this scheme will be a valuable resource for Great Kneighton residents and the local community.”
It is anticipated that construction of the play areas and skate park will commence later this year, subject to planning conditions being discharged, with opening expected in 2017.
Great Kneighton is an exciting new community which is taking shape on the southern fringe of Cambridge. Here, Countryside is building a contemporary, sustainable development of over 2,500 imaginatively designed new homes, from apartments through to six bedroom family houses.
Residents will have everything on their doorstep at Great Kneighton with a whole range of new amenities being planned. In addition to the country park, a new community square is being provided with a community centre, health centre, library and shops.
For further information on Great Kneighton, its amenities, and the stylish brand new homes available, including the award-winning Aura and Abode schemes, visit www.greatkneighton.com.
Information correct at time of publication.