❏ The Urban Country Park is a firm proposal in the draft local plan, but will need collaboration between interested parties to happen. The proposal received more positive responses during consultation of any other submission in the plan.
❏ The final stage of passing the plan is “inspection” which is likely to be finished summer 2015. We expect the Park proposal to pass inspection. The plan is then “enacted” and the Urban Country Park will become an approved proposal. Details of the process can be found at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/local-plan-review-examination.
❏ Being an approved proposal only means that there is an intention to create the Park. There is currently no official plan, no money, and no dedicated leadership to get it from paper to an actual park.
❏ The City Council is exploring how to take this project forward and issues such as governance, management, and ownership will need to be considered. It may be that some form of trust is the best model to take over these roles.
❏ There are a number of separate owners of the land and water area that will constitute the new Park. Agreements will need to be negotiated with these owners to find a workable stewardship arrangement. The majority owner is the Anderson Group and they have been tasked by the City with developing a Masterplan for the site.
❏ The way for the community to make sure they get what they want is to be involved in the running of any trust or governance body that is set up.
❏ The new Park will need detailed consideration of issues such as traffic, safety and noise, before planning permission is granted for development. The Masterplan drawn up by the Anderson Group should contain comprehensive solutions for these issues and there will be consultation on the master plan later this year.
❏ The new Urban Country Park will need to find significant funds from many different sources and will need to generate revenue to be self-sustaining. There is no park fairy with a bundle of cash.
❏ The City Planning Department is in discussion with the landowners about access to the land and how this could be brought forward. It is hoped that some basic form of access to the public can be secured soon.
❏ The lake water quality has been tested and is understood to be acceptable for swimming.