The next stage of funding for Derriford Community Park has been approved, paving the way for exciting developments at the planned 140 hectare park, right here in the city.
The investments, which total over £500,000, will see the old Poole Farm Dairy renovated and transformed into a learning resource, a new play space designed and installed and the building of foot and cycle paths around the Park.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning said: “Derriford Community Park is such a unique place so to be able to secure funding for the next stage of development is really great news.
“We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved here and know that this money will see what is a fantastic community asset continue to flourish.”
Derriford has been earmarked as a key growth area for Plymouth with a new district centre, housing and employment proposed to be built over the next 20 years. The first phase of housing development at Palmerston Heights and the new St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School have already opened.
Plans are also progressing on the new link road between Forder Valley and Brest Road, creating a new route between Derriford and the A38 and vital extra capacity on the road network.
Poole Farm, which was passed to the Council as part of the planning agreement linked with the new housing development, is key to Derriford Community Park.
Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Devon Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and South West Water among others to make the park a ‘Local Nature Partnership Hub’ valuing food, wildlife, learning and volunteering,
The renovations of the old dairy at the farm will provide a space for local schools and colleges to learn more about farm life and will house a facility for keeping animals, staffed by members of the Duchy College Animal Management team, supported by a full-time Apprentice Animal Care Technician.
A new partnership between Duchy College and a number of schools from the Plymouth Learning and Experience consortium will see a brand new further education course begin at the old dairy this autumn, meaning that young people in Plymouth will be able to try their hand at animal care in a farm setting within the city.
Work to design and build the first element of a new playful space within in the park is also included in the funding, as is 2.4 km of new off-road routes for walkers and cyclists.
The new play space with have new features that use the rich natural environment of the community park as inspiration, although there are plans to involve the local community in the design process so that they have a say in how they want to play.