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Full steam ahead as iconic Sherwood Forest’s new visitor centre gets planning permission
Newark and Sherwood District Council has approved the planning application for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest, first submitted by an RSPB-led consortium in September.
The consortium won a bid in August 2015 as part of a procurement process organised by Nottinghamshire County Council to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park in 2018.
The approval makes the way for a modern facility to be built at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe. Following the opening of the new building, the current 1970’s visitor centre and car parks will be removed, and the site where they stand returned to nature.
RSPB submits plans for new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest
The RSPB-led consortium has submitted the planning application to Newark and Sherwood District Council for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest.
The consortium successfully won a bid in August last year to design and build the new centre and manage Sherwood Forest Country Park and National Nature Reserve from early 2018.
If approved, the proposed work would see a modern facility built at a site at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe. This would be followed by the removal of the current 1970’s visitor centre and car parks. That site would then be returned to nature.
Ross Frazer, RSPB Project Manager, said: "We're very happy to reach this important stage in the planning process. We hope that people will see that we’ve listened to and incorporated their feedback, and this planning application brings us one step closer to realising our vision for a brilliant new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest."
You can view the plans for the new visitor centre on the planning portal on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website.
Images show proposed new Sherwood Forest visitor centre
Images of plans for the proposed new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner, were shown at a community drop-in session.
RSPB-led consortium presents plans for new Sherwood Forest visitor centre
The RSPB-led consortium will be hosting a drop-in session on Monday 25 July from 5 – 8 pm, at the Edwinstowe Village Hall, to showcase plans for the proposed new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner.
The session will offer an opportunity for anyone interested to view plans for the new facility, prior to the planning application submission later in the summer. A full consultation as part of the Newark and Sherwood District Council’s planning process will take place at a later date this summer.
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre concepts
Communities in the Edwinstowe and Sherwood Forest area were invited to view concepts for a new Sherwood Forest visitor centre at Forest Corner, Edwinstowe in the spring.
The concepts were unveiled by the RSPB-led consortium at two public drop-in sessions in March. The events included displays of draft concepts covering the proposed visitor centre and surrounding Forest Corner and provided a chance for the public to discuss the concepts with members of the RSPB-led consortium and its architects, JDDK Ltd.
The RSPB-led consortium will formalise their plans ready for a planning application later this year.
Local people are being reassured they will have their say on plans for a new visitor centre at Sherwood Forest.
Contracts have been signed and the RSPB-led consortium will now move forward with the planning phase of the project by tendering for the design team and appointing a lead architect.
1) Edwinstowe Cricket Club and ground will remain
2) Car park charges will continue to be applied and access to the National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre will remain free
3) Responsible dog walking will continue to be welcomed
4) Access to Edwinstowe Cemetery will be maintained