Developer Taylor Wimpey has started work on a major new area of public open space on Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds.
It is currently transforming land south of Airfield Road, between its Kingsbury Grange and St Edmunds Gate developments, into a large area for play and relaxation, as part of its commitments to the local community.
The 10.9-acre site, which is expected to be completed towards the end of the year, will include a ‘kickabout’ area, an outdoor classroom, seating area with picnic tables and a space to hold outdoor events, as well as a woodland copse, an ornamental sensory garden and cycle racks.
Taylor Wimpey is providing St Edmundsbury Borough Council with £230,000 to build a multi-use games area (MUGA) suitable for basketball and small-sided games of football, with the house-builder also providing the land for this area within the designated open space.
Mark Edmonds, planning and technical director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, said: “The open space was subject of several rounds of public consultation during 2010 and 2011, which ensured its design was heavily influenced by local residents.
“We are delighted to see progress being made with this important new community facility for Bury St Edmunds, and look forward to its official opening later this year.”
Construction of a comprehensive network of footpaths is nearing completion, while landscaping and planting will stretch into the autumn.
More than 300 feature trees and 8,900 younger trees will be planted in the landscaped beds and coppice, with the site also comprising 200 metres of hedging and five acres of wildflower meadows.
A council spokeswoman said: “Taylor Wimpey is currently working on site sculpting the ground, grass seeding and putting in place the path network. We hope to install the MUGA as part of this initial phase of work and will seek to install some innovative play facilities once the initial heavy works are complete.”
Taylor Wimpey is also making a contribution of £500,000 for maintenance of the public open space – which will be adopted and managed by the borough council – plus landscaped areas in Kingsbury Grange and St Edmunds Gate.
Its plans also include a location for a commemorative plaque to be placed beside Lady Miriam Way, to mark the location of the old airfield runway which was used during the Second World War.