New plans to convert a “green desert” into a space for the community to enjoy have been submitted.
The proposal is for a new BMX track, nature play area, community garden, and green gym on land close to Laburnum Road in West Cornforth.
Livin Housing is hoping to work with the community to create a “flagship green space” to improve the land, which has been left bare since housing was removed from the site.
A prior consultation by Durham County Council found that some residents said the green areas between housing was bland and did not have enough facilities for children.
They hope to make the most of land available to put in new recreational facilities, including things like nature trails, new planting and a wildflower meadow.
Their planning application says: “The project aims to engage local people in the improvement of Laburnum Road, creating new green infrastructure on an area of ‘green desert'.
“This project is aimed to be the flagship green space for Livin, demonstrating their commitment to their estates and sustainable communities.”
There are several areas within West Cornforth the housing association is considering developing.
Connected to this, on land north of Laburnum Road would be the BMX track, nature trail and some seating.
On land opposite there would be a community garden, seating area and pergola.
The plans also include fitness space and green gym trail on land off Oak Terrace.
Planning consultant David Walton said:…
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