Developer's vision for Conningbrook Lakes revealed
THE developers behind plans to build a family water sports facility and a country park are giving the public a glimpse into how the scheme could look.
Artist's impressions of the extensive plans for Conningbrook Lakes have been supplied to the Herald by construction firm Brett Group.
Images include an activity centre, a restaurant and a pub, as well as landscape designs for the large site next to the Julie Rose Stadium.
Facilities will include walking, jogging and cycling tracks around the four lakes and facilities for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
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Brett is also considering creating adventure play areas and holding lake-swimming and triathlon events at Conningbrook. A 300-home lakeside village is proposed as part of the plans to help cover costs.
The release of the images comes ahead of Brett's planning application for the site and a public exhibition on the project later this month.
Brett's director of planning, Mike Courts, said: "There is already a lot of enthusiasm for this project and what it can achieve for the area.
"I am pleased that we are now in a position where a planning application can soon be submitted and very much hope that Ashford Borough council can realise its long-term vision and commitment by delivering facilities that will make a real difference to Ashford and its people."
Brett says the public could start enjoying facilities at the council-owned Conningbrook site as early as spring next year if planning permission is granted.
The public exhibition of the plans will be held at the County Square shopping centre next Thursday and Friday from 10am.
Speaking last June, when the plans were first announced, ABC leader Peter Wood said he hoped all members of the council would welcome the project.
He added: "We are in a unique position as landowners at Conningbrook to enable a new country park and water sports facility that will be a major new resource for all local people to enjoy as well as a new tourism attraction."