New country park for South Bucks is granted planning permission
Following extensive public consultation and careful design work, South Bucks District Council has received planning permission to transform the former golf academy site in Stoke Poges into a country park.
Once developed, the 22 hectare site will be open to the public all year, providing a wide range of outdoor recreational facilities including:
an off road cycle circuit
a mountain bike trail
footpaths and jogging tracks
children's play facilities and a café with rooms for community use
The park will be planted with a wide range of trees and shrubs that will enhance the range of natural habitats for animals, birds and insects, as well as making it visibly attractive for users. There will be parking provided for users of the facility.
The landscaping works are due to start in early 2019 and the project will be completed in early 2021. The landscaping will involve bring soil onto the site and this will be done under strict controls determined by the Environment Agency.
The site will be formally designated as a country park by the Council's Cabinet at its December meeting.
Cllr Nick Naylor Leader of the Council said: "This is an exciting development for the Council which has received overwhelming public support. We are turning an underused facility into something of far wider benefit to the community to support our aims to improve the public health of residents by expanding their opportunities for open space leisure."