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18 MARCH 2015
Detailed plans for an office for the Wildlife Trust and community allotments at the new Country Park at Trumpington Meadows have received planning approval today.
The planning approval will enable Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) and USS to deliver the new office for the Wildlife Trust, which will manage Trumpington Meadows’ 58-hectare Country Park. It will also enable plans to provide allotments, orchards and community gardens along the northern edge of the park to be implemented. Once established, the allotments will be handed over to Cambridge City Council who will manage their allocation and upkeep alongside the Wildlife Trust.
The Country Park is an important part of integrating the Trumpington Meadows neighbourhood with the existing Trumpington village and surrounding countryside. The park will open up access to the river corridor and a range of recreational areas including a more formal kick about area, meadows and natural play areas.
Andrew Sharpe, Technical Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “The Wildlife Trust office and allotment area are the final piece of the jigsaw in our preparation for the opening of the County Park.
“As the custodians of Trumpington Meadows, Grosvenor and USS are very pleased to be providing the new base for the Wildlife Trust, who we are confident, will be safe hands for the day to day running of the park and ensuring that the amenity is enjoyed by the widest community.
“The new base will provide the essential operation and maintenance facilities required by the Wildlife Trust and storage facilities for the allotment users. We cannot wait to see people down here exploring the park and using the allotments.”
Martin Baker, Wildlife Trust Conservation Manager for Cambridgeshire, said, “We are looking forward to welcoming people to enjoy the Country Park. The completion of our new office in the autumn will provide a base for our work to inform, educate and inspire visitors to the site.”
Grosvenor and USS’s vision for the award winning Trumpington Meadows development is taking shape on Cambridge’s Southern Fringe, where 1,200 new houses and flats will be delivered. More than 330 families have already moved into the new housing.
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