Councillor’s Bourne Wood leisure park idea has been ignored by South Kesteven District Council

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A PROPOSAL to create a leisure park near Bourne Wood have been ignored in a council report.

Bourne town councillor Helen Powell proposed the scheme for land near Bourne Wood last year.

But South Kesteven District Council officers have chosen other sites to fulfil the town’s need for new employment development.

A report on the matter, which is the result of seven years of site consideration, will go before the district council Cabinet for consideration on Monday.

It is part of the district’s local development framework, which says where building should take place in the coming years.

The framework’s core strategy says that 125 acres of for employment use should be set aside in Bourne between 2006 and 2026.

The report recommended four out of 16 suggested sites, but the land near Bourne Wood is not one of them.

Last year Coun Powell suggested using land near the wood for a leisure park which could possibly include a dry ski slope, a fishing lake, lakeside hotel, conference centre and restaurant.

The Friends of Bourne Wood were against the idea from the start.

This week group member Ayla Smith, of South Road, Bourne, said: “I am relieved that the park won’t go ahead. The plans would have allowed all sorts of things to be held there, and would have opened the area up for development.

“The original plan for a wildlife park would have been fine, but that seemed to get lost along the way.

“We live to fight another day.”

Coun Powell was unavailable for comment.

The sites recommended by the report are to the north of Manning Road and west of Meadow Drove, to the south of Tunnel Bank, to the South of Spalding Road at Bourne North Farm and to the south of West Road, north of Elsea Park.

Land north of Carr Dyke has also been recommended as an expansion site for Bakavor or any other future occupant.

Council officers also decided that Kier Homes development Elsea Park will fulfil Bourne’s current need for new housing.

The core strategy says that 2,310 new homes should be built in Bourne between 2006 and 2026.

On March 31 this year 850 homes had been built since 2006, with 1,496 more having planning permission.

The majority of the homes are likely to be built in Elsea Park, which will eventually total 2,000, so no new sites will be allocated as housing land until 2026.