The 0.8 hectare park will be the third formal park to be created in Lightmoor Village a major housing development which will create up to 1,000 homes, community facilitles and green space.
Plans include nearly 40 trees, a play area with swings, slides and a zip wire, all suggested by children at an earlier consultation. The park could also include a ‘wild play trail’ set in a wildflower area with long grass and equipment for youngsters to explore, balance and climb on. An outdoor gym is also included in the proposals. Paths have been planned to integrate into a network of walkways which spans the whole village.
Inspired by Bournville model village in Birmingham, developed by chocolate-maker George Cadbury, Lightmoor Village currently features 500 homes, a primary school, nursery, retail units, medical centre and a community centre. It is being developed through a joint venture between housing association and charity Bournville Village Trust and the HCA. Once created the park will be managed by the trust.
Head of stewardship and new communities at Bournville Village Trust Becci Youlden said: "We think providing open spaces and parks is a really important part of developing a community. We hope, once developed, it will encourage families to embrace an active lifestyle, enjoy the great facilities on their doorstep and come together as a community."
General manager for the Midlands at the HCA Karl Tupling said: "Lightmoor is an excellent example of the HCA’s work to increase house building and help more local people have access to a home of their own.
"Open spaces such as this new park are an important part of this work, helping to create an attractive new community that people want to live in."
Once complete, more than half of the area of the village will be used for parks and other open spaces, the trust said.