Plans for £190,000 revamp of park approved

Plans for a £190,000 revamp of North Lodge Park have been approved. Picture: AREA Landscape Architec

Plans for a £190,000 revamp of North Lodge Park have been approved. Picture: AREA Landscape Architects. - Credit: Archant

Plans for a £190,000 revamp of a Cromer park have been approved with work set to start later this year.

The makeover at North Lodge Park will link the neglected, disconnected upper lawn via a new bridge with the main part of the park.

Daniel Connal Partnership (DCP), which has offices in Norwich, Colchester and London, is working with Suffolk-based AREA Landscape Architects and the Friends of North Lodge Park (FoNLP) on the revamp.

Robert Dale, senior partner of DCP, said: 'We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting community project and to have received planning permission is a significant and encouraging milestone.

'The project, in collaboration with North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has received significant support from the community who hold the park close to their hearts.'

North Lodge Park was created in May 1929 and the makeover will see the replacement of the existing bridge and the construction of a 60m ramped zig-zag walkway which will connect the main area of the park with an inaccessible and neglected lawn.

The wheelchair accessible bridge will incorporate a viewing platform, seating and play elements.

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The materials and appearance of the playbridge have been designed to harmonise with existing features of the town.

The timber boardwalk reflects Cromer's wooden pier, the zig-zagging of the bridge echoes the paths down to the beach from the cliff tops along Cromer's seafront and the thick rope handrails and use of buoys in the design acknowledge the town's fishing heritage.

Samantha Annison, chairman of the Friends of North Lodge Park, which was formed in 2015 to protect, enhance and promote the park. said, 'We're really pleased to see practical progress in our plans to bring the upper lawn into the park. This is an exciting project, in collaboration with NNDC, responding to the community wishes for the park.'.

The park is celebrating its 90th anniversary in May this year, and it is planned that construction might start as part of the celebrations.