Bike Park Wales
Client: Bike Park Wales
Location: Merthyr Tydfil
The Urbanists are delighted to be acting as planning consultants for major development proposals at BikePark Wales, Merthyr Tydfil.
BikePark Wales has planned and secured funding to implement a major growth plan over the next 4 years that will result in a capital investment of £1.5 million. This investment is imperative to ensure that Bike Park Wales can strengthen its offer to existing and new customers and maintain its position as the premier mountain bike destination in the UK.
The proposed development below is a key component of this investment. The planning application we recently submitted comprises:
141 additional car, van and motorhome parking spaces to be provided for day to day use with 85 in overflow.
highway access and pedestrian routes;
36 camping pods and 5 chalets;
shower and toilet block;
natural play area
trail maintenance yard; and
associated drainage and improved landscape infrastructure.
We played a prominent role in co-ordinating a consultant development team to prepare a comprehensive planning application, which included undertaking an Environmental Impact Assessment. We also managed the statutory pre-application consultation process that is required by the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
A key planning challenge was the fact that the site is ecologically constrained. There are two Sites of Special Nature Conservation (SINCS) within the proposed development area, which meant that we had to identify and justify the likely impacts of the proposals, before recommending a series of mitigation measures.
Furthermore, given it’s woodland context, the site has a challenging topography. This meant that the proposed Masterplan underwent a rigorous and challenging design evolution process. We were able to overcome this through working ‘side by side’ with the consultant team to ensure that all consultants had the correct scheme information required to complete robust assessments and were coordinating with each other when required.
We are currently working with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to agree a positive planning decision, which is expected by Summer 2019.
(Banner image courtesy of LeTrucco Design)