Young people share vision for Sherwood

Young girl looking at Sherwood regeneration plans Young people in Sherwood were invited to give their views on redevelopment plans on Tuesday 2 August, and in particular to share their ideas about how the lake and open green spaces could be used.

Consultants working with Town & Country Housing Group on the consultation for the redevelopment of the Greggs Wood Road area invited local young people to spend some time walking around the lake and the open spaces and asking for their views on what they would like to see incorporated in the plans for the future of the area.

Ideas included creating games areas in the green spaces, using wood from the woods to create play areas and adventure features, a play fountain outside TN2 and marked paths and interpretation boards in the woods.  

The young people use the woods and lake for fishing, for hanging out with friends and for getting away from it all when they felt a little stressed.  There are areas where they can build dens or use lower tree branches to lie down on.

Town & Country’s regeneration manager Brendan McGowan said: “The young people were great, they were bursting with creative ideas but also gave us some useful insight as to how they currently use the lake now. What was really clear was just how important the woods and lake area are to all generations and that’s what makes this project so exciting as we can help local people to protect it and improve it for future generations to enjoy.

Following the recommendations of Kent High Weald Partnership, our long term aim is to establish a Charitable Trust to manage the Woods and Lake, and we are creating a Shadow Group to undertake management now and to lay the foundations for the Trust. Local people are encouraged to read the report at www.sherwoodplan.com or in the Sherwood Library and are welcome to apply to be part of the Shadow Group, or sign up as a volunteer. Groups like FoSL ( Friends of Sherwood Lake) will be represented along with Councillors, the Environment Agency and other relevant groups.”

Once consultation with the community is complete, a planning application will be submitted. If this is approved, Town & Country hope to start work in April 2012 and complete the new homes in phases with a final completion in December 2016. The first phase would be the blocks of flats in Kemble Close.

Residents who want to find out more about the redevelopment plans should contact Town & Country’s regeneration manager Brendan McGowan on 01892 523464 or e-mail brendan.mcgowan@tchg.org.uk

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