Planning permission has been granted to progress the £2.9 million Fleet Pond Corridor project, with plans to start this Autumn.
The project, managed by Hart District Council, aims to create a more connected environment that will improve walking and cycling links to Fleet’s railway station. This will build on work already completed to increase cycle parking provisions at the train station. It will further link into the Council’s wider Green Grid project to connect communities, specifically phase one which is Hartland Village to Fleet.
Cllr David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve got the green light to go ahead with this project. The path that is being improved runs adjacent to the train station car park. It is a high traffic area and is currently not sufficient to safely cope with the large amount of footfall and mixed user group activity.
The proposed works intends to widen the path considerably, making travel for pedestrians significantly easier and safer. It is important to remember that works on site will start in Autumn 2021 and there will be significant diversions whilst these improvements take place.”
The Fleet Pond Corridor is supported by a generous grant worth £1.4 million from the Local Enterprise Partnership (Enterprise M3), with further contributions from local developer, St Edward. The Department for Transport in partnership with Hampshire County Council have already previously invested £800,000 surrounding the site.
Significant contributions towards mitigation, ecological improvements and education for visitors at Fleet Pond have been provided by developers to protect and enhance the site’s wildlife. This money will be used to support environmental projects above and beyond the site’s usual maintenance and management plan.
Footpath widening and a new boat slipway, at Boat House corner, is phase one of works to be delivered over the next two years. Improvements to the access road and Fleet Pond car park will be phase two, followed by a new pedestrian crossing and footpath on the A3013 in phase three. Phases two and three will be completed by Spring 2023.
To find out more about the project, and to see artistic impressions of the improvements, visit the Council’s webpage www.hart.gov.uk/fleet-pond-corridor
The creation of the Fleet Pond Corridor is a scheme which has synergies with the council’s wider Green Grid Project www.hart.gov.uk/harts-green-grid