High hedge to make way for extension to Belper car park

The high hedge at a site in Belper where a new leisure facility is proposed is to be removed, if planning permission is granted. A house on the site was demolished in December 2011 to make way for the new facility, which received planning permission in summer 2011. Now, work is proposed to take place to remove the high hedge that borders the site of the former property off Field Lane.

Work to fell the high hedge trees would be carried out by specialist contractors. Felling is due to commence on Wednesday 15 February and is expected to take 5 days. Some minor disruption may be caused throughout the works but contractors will inform anyone who may be affected. 
The proposed works are part of a separate planning application for a temporary car park, pending the development of the leisure facility, which will be considered by the Planning Board on 13 February 2012, and are subject to its consent being granted.

An environmental a survey has already taken place and landscaping would be carried out following the removal of the high hedge.

Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Healthy and Active Places to Live said: "If it's approved, establishing the temporary car park will allow the Council to complement the existing car park with extra parking facilities for Belper and the landscaping we're proposing would improve the appeal of the area for motorists."

Notes to editors
In November 2011, the Council paid £1.136 million for 0.8 acres of land situated off Field Lane directly from a private owner, funded from existing Council resources. It means the Council now has a combined area of 2.1 acres of land in the Town Centre that can be used for building a multi-million pound new leisure centre for Belper and the surrounding areas.

A new leisure facility would include a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool; a training pool with movable floor; a four badminton court sports hall; and a 70 station fitness suite with dedicated, air conditioned exercise studio.
Plan showing land with Belper Leisure facility proposals



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