Upton Country Park SANG Final Phase
NEW 14th January 2020
Upton Country Park is growing … again!
Poole’s 160 acre Country Park is set to become even bigger as work gets underway on the final phase of a project to create additional open space for visitors to enjoy. The works (see map below) deliver Phase 3 & 4 together, extending the current footpath network and including new tree planting, picnic benches and an additional 1,000 sq.m. dog training area. The project is being delivered by BCP Council Environmental Development Team.
Why is this new open space needed?
Poole is growing and has to accommodate 10,000 new homes between 2006 and 2026; as part of the planning process it was identified that a major new ‘Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace’ (SANG) should be created to ensure new homes don’t have an adverse impact on existing internationally important nature sites.
The main purpose of the new public open space is to provide areas for recreation and walking. Specifically, it is aimed to provide a place where dog walkers are able to let their dogs off the lead as an alternative to using Upton Heath and other important protected heathland sites. Increased use of these sites can have a negative impact on the fragile habitat and species that live on the heathland.
Final phase of 30ha expansion
Between 2014-2020 approximately 30 hectares (75 acres) of farmland to the south and south-east of Upton Country Park is being converted into new public open space in phases. We are now in the final phase, opening up a further 10 hectares (25 acres) of new parkland suitable for dogs to be let off the lead.
The new open space is due to open to the public at Easter 2020.
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