Northampton Mountain Bike Park plans submitted in golf course transformation offer


Designs for an exciting new mountain bike park for a former golf club in Northampton have been submitted.

The “world-class” facility is expected to be built on the former nine-hole Hardingstone golf course, on land south of the Delapre Golf Club, which has been empty for six years.

According to residents, the area has become overgrown and the project will bring new life to land that was once regularly used, within the permitted plans.

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The designs were finally submitted by the West Northamptonshire Council last week after years of work that involved funding requests and consultations.

The plans received unanimous support from the now dissolved Northampton Borough Council in March and have now taken one step closer to realization.

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According to plans, the park will feature a double track for head-to-head competitive races.

There will also be a space for cyclists to hone their skills and tips and a three-level trail for cyclists of all skill levels.

These include red routes for advanced riders, blue for intermediates, and green for beginners.

Plans also indicate that all of these facilities, which would cost around £ 500,000 to build, will be completely free.

Earlier this year Tim Hadland, a member of the Northampton City Council Cabinet for Regeneration and Enterprise, said the bike park would be a “great asset” to the local community.

He said: “It is an exciting use of the disused golf course.

“This is an area that has fallen into disuse and has become quite wild. There are issues in the adjacent areas with cycling in conflict with other rural uses, so being able to have this dedicated facility is going to be absolutely wonderful for the community. city ​​and for two people on wheels.

A report on the background of the project said: “A dedicated mountain biking facility is a great way to meet these needs and also addresses the problem of the lack of free facilities specifically designed for on-road or off-road cycling disciplines. .

‘A designated area for the growing number of off-road cyclists is needed in the region, with British Cycling having the Oxfordshire / Northamptonshire area identified as a strategic priority for the development of cycling facilities and where the proposed facility would help meet this need .

‘The closest similar facilities today are the mountain biking centers provided by forestry agencies such as Forest of Dean, Coed-y-Brenin in North Wales and Cannock Chase in the West Midlands, which offer excellent free facilities.

“Northamptonshire cyclists are frequent visitors. However, the closest of them is almost two hours by car.”

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