Knowle Park Trust is pleased to announce a major step forward with its plans to create a new 60 acre public park in the heart of Cranleigh.
A reserved matters application including detailed site masterplan, illustrative images and a design and access statement have been submitted to Waverley Borough Council. Outline permission for the parkland was granted by Waverley Borough Council in August 2017.
The park will feature a new wildlife lake, upgraded footpaths, car park with 60 spaces, the creation of a new outdoor event space with amphitheatre on the hillside, adventure play area, and boardwalk through the historic Osier bed and bluebell woods.
Knowle Park Trust (registered charity no. 1176590) will take responsibility for the park upon completion. The trustees are committed to protecting this unique landscape and improving its flora, fauna and wildlife habitats. The trust has six core objectives covering culture, education, heritage, recreation, ecology and wellbeing.
Commenting on the submission of the detailed plans, Knowle Park Trust chairman Martin Bamford said:
This is an exciting milestone for the project which will bring incredible benefits for the local community. Knowle Park is a hidden gem within a few minutes of Cranleigh High Street, already familiar to the hundreds of people who take part in Cranleigh parkrun and junior parkrun every weekend.
The generosity of the landowners means we can open previously private land for public access, with the addition of a number of valuable features. In partnership with the landowners and developer A2Dominion, we have been able to secure this public parkland to be held in a trust in perpetuity, securing it as public open space for generations to come.
Nancy Waterhouse, Head of Land and Planning at A2Dominion said:
A2Dominion are delighted to be working in partnership with the Knowle Park Trust to create the new park landscape and community asset that has been thoughtfully designed. We look forward to commencing development with Phase 1 of our housing scheme subject to planning permissions being granted.
Subject to the approval of reserved matters, work on the park is expected to start in 2019, with the official opening anticipated in 2020.