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Plans for the borough’s first country park to be assessed

Horseshoe Lake Concept

The recommendation for creating a country park for residents at Horseshoe Lake in Sandhurst will be considered by Bracknell Forest Council’s executive when they meet on Tuesday, 12 February.

The executive, the council’s decision making body, will be looking at the feasibility of creating a country park and the proposal and plans will be considered at the meeting. If the executive agree, the feasibility work will continue, including seeking the relevant planning permissions to develop the country park, with the aim of it opening in 2021.

The site at Horseshoe Lake currently operates as a Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) so if plans for a country park are approved, the most important objective will be to increase the natural feel of the site. This would be achieved through an improved layout, natural materials, extensive landscape enhancements and the inclusion of educational information to increase public understanding of the surrounding natural habitats and how to conserve them.

As with many of the borough’s beautiful natural spaces there are commonly requested additions from the community, all of which have been included in our plans:

  • toilets / baby change facilities – so visitors can confidently plan to stay on site for longer periods
  • café – For enjoying drinks and food with spectacular views over the Blackwater Valley and Finchampstead Ridges
  • picnic areas – for relaxed outdoor dining
  • play areas – for children to enjoy and benefit from outdoor exercise and educational play, which will hopefully include sandy inland beach areas with times for paddling
  • parking upgrades – to ensure the site can confidently cater for existing and future demand
  • water sports activities – we have proposed that these continue

Iain McCracken, Executive Member for Culture, Resources Delivery and Public Protection, said:

“Horseshoe Lake is an extremely popular location for walking and water sports so we are excited to be able to explore the possibility of creating the borough’s first country park there which will make the site even more appealing, accessible and educational for visitors.”

If the plans are approved and the decision is taken to expand the existing area into a country park, the public will be invited to have their say on the designs and layout of the new site through the planning application process.

 

Image credit: Atkins Architects, Carly Parramore and Simon Kneafsey