A HUGE Country Park is planned for former Derby mining land

A HUGE Country Park is planned for former Derby mining land

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The new country park would include a play area and outdoor teaching space!

A huge new country park could be created on former mining land near Derby.

The 175-acre plot lies just to the west of the Denby Hall Business Park in the green belt, close to Denby village.

As well as vast areas of woodland, grassland and wildflowers, it would include a picnic area, outdoor teaching space, natural play area, a barn owl tower and a habitat for endangered great crested newts.

An artist's impression of the proposed country park

The site has long been reclaimed from its mining past, with large areas of young trees planted around 30 years ago. It was designated as part of the protected green belt.

The country park proposals appear to be the first half of wider development plans for the site.

A significant expansion to the business park is also proposed – covering an area of 56 acres and comprising huge industrial units.

It is thought that this could create up to 500 new jobs and safeguard a further 700.

What the site used to look like in the 1980s when it was an open-cast mine

However, this plan is now set to be withdrawn next week by the new Labour administration, after eight years of work.

This application is purely for the country park.

If given the go-ahead, the park would be used for the Belper Steam and Vintage event, which takes place each year.

Some 16 acres of the site would be reserved for the steam rally event.

Want to find out more about the proposed developments? You can read Derbyshire Live’s full article by clicking here.

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