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Activity centre approved
4:00pm Wed Feb 27, 2013
 
A new activity centre has been given the go-ahead.
Pictured on the derelict site behind Maltkiln Lane, Newark, which is set to become Newark Activity Centre, is Mr Connor Donnelly, who will manage the site. Shown (inset) is a plan of the facility, which will include an off-road buggy track.
Pictured on the derelict site behind Maltkiln Lane, Newark, which is set to become Newark Activity Centre, is Mr Connor Donnelly, who will manage the site. Shown (inset) is a plan of the facility, which will include an off-road buggy track.


The facility, to be created on a derelict site behind Maltkiln Lane, Newark, will include an off-road buggy track, climbing walls and an adventure obstacle course.

The application was submitted by Mr Joe Fox, the owner of scrap merchants Scrap It and skip hire company Tip It, which adjoin the site.

He said: “I think a facility like this near the town centre will benefit Newark.”

The application says Newark Activity Centre will regenerate a site that is currently an eyesore and contribute to the redevelopment of the area.

The activities will be aimed mainly at school groups and families, but private bookings will be accepted.

The application says the buggies will be 150cc Challengers and will be fully supervised by trained staff.

There will be two tracks, the shorter of which will be of easy difficulty and low speed.

There will be one or two-seat buggies, so children who can’t drive them can still experience the ride. A maximum of three buggies will operate at any one time.

A noise assessment found levels would be within an acceptable limit.

The climbing walls will be fully harnessed with safety ropes and mats, and supervised at all times.

The adventure course will include wooden obstacles, rope bridges and walls.

Three portable buildings will provide office and changing facilities.

All activities will be monitored by CCTV.

The site will be landscaped and turfed where possible. Four full-time and two part-time staff will be employed.

Visitors will have to book in advance.

A previous application was turned down because of flooding concerns. The application says the site will be fully permeable and will therefore not affect the capacity of the floodplain.

The submission of a drainage scheme is a condition of the planning approval, given by Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Mr Fox said he hoped to have the centre set up by the end of next month.

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