British Cycling bid and planning application
Following the adoption of the masterplan and in line with the Council’s ambitions to bring forward a mix of facilities on the site to meet local needs and increase resident engagement with Newbold Comyn, a funding bid has been submitted to British Cycling for the creation of cycling facilities at Newbold Comyn; a planning application has also been submitted.
Facilities are designed for local (i.e. not a regional destination) families and communities in our District as an introduction to mountain biking. All of the cycle trails will be free to use.
The cycling facilities include:
- Graded cycle trails with a series of fun features to add interest to the ride and enable beginners to learn and develop skills:
- Green trail (beginners) – approx. 1km
- Blue trail (intermediate) - approx. 2km
- Red trail (advanced) - approx. 1km
- Learn to ride and skills area for children and other people new to cycling; includes a hard surface area with markings and mini off road trails
- A cycle hub building for cycle hire, basic cycle repair, refreshments and toilets
An allocation of the funding will be used to restore and improve the Campion Hills bike track.
The previous draft masterplan had envisaged the cycle trails would extend across the whole of the former golf course.
The revised proposals have located the trails in one half of the park (to the west of Observation Hill), making the most of the sites gradients and also leaves the other half of the park free of cycle trails for use by other users of the park i.e. walkers.
It is no longer proposed that the existing perimeter will become a shared cycling/walking trail and this does not form part of the bid.
Newbold Comyn has been and always will be a shared use park for all to enjoy.
If successful with the bid and planning application, the Council will be able to start work constructing the cycle trails once all necessary planning permissions are in place.
We have put together some FAQs about the cycle tracks and the extension to the nature reserve.
Reptile and Newt survey
We are commencing Reptile and Newt surveys at Newbold Comyn from 20 March 2021.
This involves the deployment of reptile refugia (felt mats) around the site with a sign on them saying “Reptile Survey in Progress - Please Do Not Remove”.
Surveys have already taken place for badgers and bats. Due to the seasonal nature of surveys for reptiles and newts, this is being undertaken during March/April.
We have provisionally scheduled the final survey for 27 April 2021, when our contractor Ramm Sanderson will remove the mats on this date.
About the masterplan
The final Masterplan was approved by the Executive on 17 November 2020. The final masterplan was drawn up following analysis of the consultation responses, market testing with potential activity providers and the wider situation due to Covid-19.
The Council will now begin a phased approach based on the financial requirements for each aspect. The masterplan remains an outline document which will provide a long term vision for Newbold Comyn, and each phase will be subject to relevant planning permissions.