Country park could boost Haverhill

Haverhill's town clerk, Colin Poole
Haverhill's town clerk, Colin Poole

A new country park in Haverhill could boost wildlife and recreation in the area.

Plans for a country park extension for a large scale housing development in Great Wilsey Farm are progressing, with developers planning to set land aside for the project.

A spokesman for Hallam Land Management, the group that is developing the land alongside CEG (Commercial Estates Group), said: “Hallam Land Management and CEG are proposing to deliver a Country Park to the East of Haverhill, north of Coupals Road and west of Sturmer Road, which will provide the opportunity to connect into the existing East Town Park.

“In addition to retaining the landscaping and mature trees, this would provide an opportunity to extend the existing nature areas in Haverhill, as well as providing children’s play facilities and informal recreation space.”

Town Clerk, Colin Poole, said: “The country park is going the way we had hoped it would,” he said. “It look like it will be at the Sturmer end of the development at Great Wilsey Farm.

“It’s a really positive thing for the town. It shows that people should engage when they see things are happening. People do listen.

“The plans for the development include a few thousand houses. There will be a country park extension on the development. It’ll be a rougher version of a recreation ground.

“Hopefully, people will use it. It will be good for wildlife and encourage animals. It will be good for people. Dog walkers and people who want to go for walks can use it. It will be a well managed area that’s a little bit more rustic.

“Haverhill has been quite lucky to be able to work with developers who care for the place and are more interested in doing a job well done than they are in making a fast buck.

“It’s a real breath of fresh air. I think it is going to be very good for Haverhill.”

Hallam Land Management and CEG will be consulting further with residents on the wider allocation later this year.