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.

Current status (October 2019)

We’re now analysing the results of the drop-ins with Chapman Lily Planning (our appointed consultant).  Alongside this, we’ve been undertaking many baseline studies. These will help us pull more detail for a planning application, which we expect to submit this autumn. This includes levels surveys, traffic surveys/counts and a tree survey. 

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

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.

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.