Plans were announced to create a major new park as part of South Ribble Borough Council’s 40th anniversary celebrations in April 2014.
Central Parks will be a 'green spine' for South Ribble, taking in parts of Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall in the south, stretching north towards the River Ribble, joining a huge swathe of green land which is already protected from development.
Work will be carried out in phases, and it is hoped that the whole of Central Parks will be created within 15 years.
It will protect a hugely significant area of green space right at the heart of South Ribble for generations to come, adding to the wonderful range of parks that are already on our doorsteps.
Once completed, Central Parks will be much bigger than the borough’s three existing Green Flag-winning parks put together.
You can effectively walk the length of Central Parks on the Old Tram Road already, and there is lots of other infrastructure already in place.
Much of the current footprint of the park consists of separate pieces of public land, and the council is proposing to pull all of them together so it can protect and enhance them in a coordinated way as the growth of the borough moves forward.
An ecological study is currently being carried out and the findings of it will be reflected in the masterplan before it is subsequently adopted.
The masterplan will be used to guide the separate planning applications for each part of Central Parks in a co-ordinated way, so that all parts of the development compliment each other.