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Plans Submitted For Exciting New Play Facilities At Great Kneighton

26 October 2015

Countryside, the developer behind the multi award-winning Great Kneighton development in Trumpington, has submitted its planning application for the next phase of the 120-acre Country Park at Great Kneighton. The ambitious plans include a skate park, play area, and 1km trim trail, with public art integrated into the design, courtesy of one of the largest public arts programmes in the UK.

Following an extensive consultation period by Countryside, including a community consultation day in June, the plans have been finalised by landscape architects, David Jarvis Associates, who have been responsible for the entire Country Park and public open spaces at Great Kneighton. The firm has worked closely with other specialist designers, including a commissioned group of public artists to deliver an engaging, accessible and attractive recreational area.

Specialist skate park designers Wheelscape helped plan the new skate and BMX Park, which can also be used by scooters and in-line skaters, with ideas and input 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 have been created by artist Nils Norman, the artist behind the spectacular new bird screens recently installed within the park’s wetland area.

Informal recreation areas with open grass areas for picnics have also been included, which together with the woodland and the ponds will help to increase biodiversity and form an educational resource. The area will be easily accessible on foot and by bike, via a network of footpath and cycleways that connect the Country Park to Great Kneighton, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Construction of the park has been taking place in phases with the first phase, which is due to open shortly, already home to a wide range of birds and wildlife which are thriving 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 at Great Kneighton in September 2016.

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director of Strategic Land at Countryside, comments: “The Country Park at Great Kneighton will provide a beautiful backdrop for the new homes and an interesting, engaging and relaxing environment for the entire local community to enjoy. This second phase is no exception, with plenty to keep residents young and old occupied and active, as well as creating a more diverse habitat to attract wildlife. We have worked with the local community during the consultation period and produced a scheme that we think will be a valuable resources for Great Kneighton residents and the wider community.”

Subject to planning permission, it is anticipated that construction of the play areas and skate park will commence in 2016.

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 2,000 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 homes available, including the award-winning Aura scheme.

Information correct at time of publication.

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