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Three Going Green sites set to be given planning approval

Created on 30/07/2018 @ 15:14
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A major project to get Newtown green will move forward this week with planning applications for a hub building, a BMX pump track and riverside play area.

It is part of the Going Green Newtown project which has received over £1.1 million of Big Lottery funding to help transform parts of the town into green recreational areas.

It followed a call by Newtown Town Council for more sustainable ways to manage open spaces in the town. 130 acres of land have been offered as part of a long-term agreement and will be held in a Community Land Trust.

The land will be transferred from Powys County Council which owns it.

County councillors will decide on the planning applications on Thursday.

"This application concerns 3 sites in Newtown, the sites include a parcel of land on Trehafren Hill to the east of the football grounds, another area is on the banks of the River Severn to the south of the football ground and car park and the third area is again on the banks of the Severn adjacent to Severn public carpark and the existing formal play area," states a report to the planning committee.

Details of the applications in the report are:

"Erection of a hub building, storage and parking facility (site A), construction includes insulated cladding and roof panels with powder coated windows and doors. The dimensions of the building would extend to 29.7m in length x 14m in width and 8.4m in height. The building accommodation would be set over two floors and set into the existing topography. Hard standing is to be provided for up to 50 cars. Access to the site is via Trefafren road. 

"Bike pump track (B); Landscaping an area of ground to provide a bicycle pump track. The track would be created by changing the landscape profile round the track to make berms, rollers, table tops and double bumps. The maximum height of a roller would be 5m.

"Riverside play area (C); redevelopment of the existing play area, including erection of new fencing, new benches, landscaping to accommodate riverside terraces, new benches and installation of new play equipment. Play equipment includes climber pyramid with integrated steel slide (7.4m in height), inclusive roundabout, nest swing (1.7m in height), timber jungle bridge (3.2m x 1.2m), timber walk and stretch, timber stepping posts, balance beams, balance weave, log stack climber, robina pole castle."

Planning officers have recommended granting planning permission for the three sites, subject to certain conditions.

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