Banbury is set to get a new country park in Spring 2018.
The 30 hectare development, on the North East of Banbury, joins a number of Cherwell District Council owned land sites together to provide a much needed green space for residents, wildlife and visitors.
Running alongside and beyond the Gateway Retail Park and to the north of the Wildmere estate. Additional, external funding is being sought for phases two and three which will be implemented over the next 10 years
The park will feature purpose-built cycle and pedestrian paths woven through woodland, meadow areas and wetland, and a small lake. And will enable access to a whole host of activities and leisure opportunities; from walking and cycling, to bird watching and children’s play areas.
Cllr Debbie Pickford, Cherwells lead member for clean and green, said:
“The country park is a very welcome development for Banbury. It’s vital that, as much-needed new homes go up in Banbury, we focus on green spaces, to protect wildlife and boost people’s quality of life.
Careful attention has been given to the current species residing in the area to ensure that wildlife is not only taken into consideration, but has the opportunity to thrive in this new green habitat.
The site will be easily accessible for residents and visitors to the area from a number of locations. Southam Road, the canal towpath, and Gateway Retail Park will all have new access routes developed.”