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Watermead: Background and more information

We commissioned Alan Baxter, together with GL Hearn and TEP, to develop a regeneration and action plan for the Thurmaston area in 2016.

The area is identified as a priority for regeneration in the Core Strategy, a planning document which sets out where new housing, employment land and infrastructure should go in Charnwood.   

The plan focuses on the relationship between Watermead Country Park and the surrounding area, in particular the old village centre of Thurmaston which is a key area for regeneration. The project aims to reinvigorate the historic centre of Thurasmton and improve access and use of the country park, particularly for local communities.

More details are contained in the report put together by Alan Baxter. However, below is a summary of the four key areas.


Opening up the country park

Watermead Country Park North sits at the heart of the Regeneration Corridor and forms part of a wider green/blue habitat corridor following the route of River Soar and Grand Union Canal.

The park is a major asset to the area and has considerable potential for enhancement to encourage greater patronage by local residents and visitors from the wide region.

There is an opportunity to strengthen connections with Watermead Country Park South andsecure more co-ordinated management across these sites to deliver improvements to the Country Park as a whole.


Turning Thurmaston around

Focused on the regeneration of the historic centre of Thurmaston village through public realm improvements and redevelopment of poor quality buildings to open up connections to the Country Park and revitalise Melton Road as a focus for the local community.


Waterfront development

There is an opportunity for high quality mixed use development to create an attractive edge to the Country Park and support the development objectives of Core Strategy. 


Connecting it all up

Focused on improving connections (walking, cycling, public transport) between the north and south country parks, the surrounding communities and employment areas. The action plan proposes new surface level crossings of the A607 to support a shift in character away from ‘highway’ to ‘street’ and connect western and eastern Thurmaston.

Read more about the action plan

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