• Nikki Latham

Funding For The Implementation Of Throop Nature Park To Be Agreed At BCP Cabinet

Plans for the new Nature Park at Throop that will encourage more people to get outside and explore the local area, while benefiting their health and wellbeing is moving forward, with over half a million pounds of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding approved by Natural England for the implementation of this project.

Picture supplied by BCP Council: Artists impression of Throop Nature Park

Throop Nature Park opens up an area of greenspace along the River Stour with BCP Council's Planning Committee approving the revised plans last August, £518,000 of CIL money that has been approved by Natural England as a heathland mitigation resource to help develop this new park, is being discussed at Cabinet next month.

An additional £100,000 of CIL funding will also be on the agenda at Cabinet meeting for items outside of the heathland mitigation remit, as well as the ongoing maintenance of the Nature Park for 80 years, which includes electric vehicle charging in the small car park, baseline ecology surveys and a ranger to manage the site.
Plans for the Throop Nature Park includes a network of new paths to encourage walking and dog-walking, cycling, new tree and copse planting, protection of the riverbank and the reinstatement of hedgerows to improve wildlife habitats, with signage being places around the site.

This area in North Bournemouth has been selected as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace area in order for large scale residential schemes to take place within the conurbation without adversely affecting the protected heathland habitats.

For more information, visit: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/ThroopNaturePark

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