Hicks Farm Proposal (SANG)

Public exhibitions planned for Hicks Farm greenspace development

Plans to create 12 hectares of greenspace at Hicks Farm, Throop, are moving forward.

Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG)

suitable alternative natural greenspace (SANG)

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The land is being converted into a SANG to offset the impact that new developments in the town centre, including the Winter Gardens Development, have on protected heathland habitats. SANGs have been designed to provide an attractive environment to encourage passive recreational uses including walking, cycling and dog walking.

Have your say

Two very well-attended public drop-in sessions gave residents their say on the Council’s planning application. These were held this autumn on 4th and 10th September.

Proposals for Hicks Farm, which had previously been used primarily for private grazing, include a change of use to an attractive natural greenspace, creating a network of new paths, access to a stretch of the River Stour, new tree planting and the reinstatement of hedgerows to improve wildlife habitats. It will also include a new 20 space car park.

Chapman Lily Planning Limited also sent out this flyer to local residents in August.

Read the full press release.

We have analysed the results, working with our appointed consultant, Chapman Lily Planning. We have undertaken many baseline studies to include in the planning application, which include levels surveys, traffic surveys/counts and a tree survey.

We know that the overall view is that managing this space to create more opportunities for people and wildlife are broadly supported, we also know that local residents are worried about traffic and anti-social impacts. It’s important that we get this right.

Current status (Nov 2019)

Hicks Farm planning application for the phase one SANG has now been registered and is live.  The application and plans may be viewed on the planning portal.

Notices should be posted on site.  The application will be determined in approximately 13 weeks and is open to public comment via the portal.

If the planning application is approved in early 2020, we would be working to get the site open in late 2020 or early 2021.

Other Hicks Farm Projects

The above application is only for work to deliver a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).

It does not relate to work to restore the farm buildings as part of a community farm project at Hicks Farm. Find out more about the separate Hicks Farm Project.