Plans to create up to 20 jobs in the Lincolnshire Wolds as part of the county’s first purpose-built off-road cycle park have been submitted to East Lindsey District Council.
The proposed Wolds Cycle Park near South Willingham is expected to bring ‘significant’ economic benefits to other businesses in the area, with associated spending in local shops, holiday accommodation, restaurants and pubs.
Today, the team behind the project encourages local residents to lend their support to the project throughout the planning permission process.
Louth resident Kevin Smith – who runs Focus Rides which will operate the site near South Willingham – believes the benefits to the area are significant and will bring both environmental and economic benefits.
He said: “The Lincolnshire Wolds are the ideal location for a cycle park which will be the only one of its kind in the wider region. There are many avid off-road cyclists across the county, but there isn’t a single facility specifically designed to accommodate them within Lincolnshire’s borders.
“We have engaged a professional trail construction company to design and build the park, which will benefit everyone from those learning to ride a balance bike, to expert level cyclists.
“The park will promote a healthy and active lifestyle, and the site we have identified provides the perfect mix of excellent undulation while avoiding any significant visual impact on the surroundings.
“As people of Lincolnshire we all know how beautiful this part of the world is, and these proposals give us a great opportunity to shout out about the area while bringing new jobs to the area.”
Proposals for the park – located on the Hainton estate – were submitted by Louth-based Lincs Design Consultancy (LDC), which specialize in planning, design and landscape services.
Daniel Sharp, Director of LDC, said: “The project proposals have been developed following extensive public and statutory consultation and have been led by an in-depth team of specialist consultants.”
“The proposal will bring a significant ecological and biodiversity net gain, as proven by the reports of the specialist consultants. The trail itself will be incredibly low impact – all features will be built with site dirt and capped with fine limestone, so they will have less impact on the environment than a farm track, for example. example.
“The construction’s carbon footprint will be offset by the planting of native trees, grasses and wildflowers on the site, with the highly efficient visitor center building fitting sympathetically into the landscape while being both practical and user-friendly.
“Overall, the park will remain tucked away in the fold of the Wolds, with its whole ethos centered around a low-impact, environmentally friendly approach.”