Hart’s newest greenspace, Bramshot Farm Country Park, has reached the penultimate stage before officially opening to the public. Situated just off the A327, it boasts an extra 91 acres of greenspace for use by the residents and visitors of Hart, with pathways extending for 2.5 kilometres through fields and woodland.
The new Country Park was recognised by an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday 13th November, attended by Hart District Councils’ Chairman Councillor Gerry Crisp, alongside joint Chief Executive Patricia Hughes. Hart Councillors were also in attendance to recognise the event.
Councillor Crisp said “Our Countryside Team have been working hard over the last 6 months to deliver a quality Country Park for the local community. This is very much a first step in its development, and we hope over the years that this site will continue to develop and grow into a remarkable high quality greenspace.”
The exciting new site will initially host two different walking routes. One of these, 'Leaping Hare Loop', provides a 1.3 kilometre surfaced pathway to facilitate the use of wheelchairs and buggies around a wide open meadow, with beautiful carved benches allowing a place to rest and reflect.
Councillor Sara Kinnell, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Countryside Services, stated “The provision of high quality open space in Hart allows for areas where people can come together and relax, which is essential to a healthy lifestyle.”
The new country park has been developed by Hart District Council in partnership Rushmoor Borough Council and Enterprise M3 LEP. The LEP provided a £5.3 million loan from its Local Growth Fund, to acquire the site and create the Country Park.
Dr Mike Short, CBE, Chairman of Enterprise M3 LEP, said: “Bramshot Farm Country Park is a beautiful greenspace that will improve the quality of life for local residents and unlock opportunities for the development of new homes within Rushmoor Borough. This will play an important role in addressing housing shortage and driving economic growth in our LEP area. We are very pleased to support this development.”
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About Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership:
Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership, one of 38 in England, which is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level. We bring together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.
Our aim is to create the foundations on which our businesses can flourish. We strive to improve business productivity, increase jobs and maximise the number of businesses operating across Enterprise M3. We have a particular focus on improving trade links working with Invest in Surrey and Invest in Hampshire.
The Enterprise M3 LEP area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest covering mid to north Hampshire and South and West Surrey. The LEP area brings together business leaders from 14 district authorities across two counties and has four major interconnected urban centres known as ‘Growth’ towns: Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke and five ‘Step-up’ towns: Staines-upon-Thames, Camberley, Aldershot, Whitehill and Bordon and Andover.
The councils involved in the Enterprise M3 LEP are:
- Hampshire County Council
- Surrey County Council
- Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
- East Hampshire District Council
- Elmbridge Borough Council
- Guildford Borough Council
- Hart District Council
- New Forest District Council
- Runnymede Borough Council
- Rushmoor Borough Council
- Spelthorne Borough Council
- Surrey Heath Borough Council
- Test Valley Borough Council
- Waverley Borough Council
- Winchester City Council
- Woking Borough Council
About Local Growth Fund
That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.
If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.
- There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
- The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
- LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.