East Northamptonshire Council – Greenways feasibility study

Maximising potential and connecting communities

Overview

The development of greenways is an important way of maximising the valuable resource of the UK’s historic inventory of roads, paths and tracks as well as connecting rural and urban communities.

Lockhart Garratt were delighted to be invited to produce a Greenway Feasibility Study by East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) after the council had  identified the need for a multi-use Greenway connecting the towns of Oundle and Weldon in Northamptonshire.  The study also incorporated the proposed developments of Tresham Garden Village and Weldon Park.

We undertook an initial desk study to identify opportunities for the potential route based on existing Public Rights of Way. The resulting series of routes were then surveyed on the ground in detail, taking into account the existing condition, safety and feasibility of the sites, with photographic evidence gathered.

The resulting feasibility study distilled this information into three potential routes. These were then analysed in further detail until one suitable route was finally identified as providing the best potential to effectively link existing Public Rights of Way, providing a high quality and attractive access connection for communities with minimal safety concerns.

Key Features

  • Methodological approach identified best route according to all criteria
  • Lockhart Garratt used prior involvement in Tresham Garden Village project to bring stakeholders together
  • Study concluded with specification for materials, construction methods and costs

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