A new outdoor recreation center in Northamptonshire for all ages, especially children at risk, was supported by the council’s planner.
Adventure Ways’ plan to open a second site in a fishery on the A5 near Paulerspury was recommended for approval by a West Northamptonshire Council official ahead of a meeting next week.
The Moulton-based company is required to change land use and retrospectively obtain approval for six large barrel-shaped pods, a classroom, outdoor seating area, an equipment store, a tool store, an office, a classroom / kitchen, and a shower block.
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The Adventure 4 You outdoor activity center is located in a fishery on A5 Watling Street near Paulerspury. Photo: Google
“Although the proposed site is modest in size, it will bring some minor economic benefits and foreign corporate investment to the district,” said the official’s report, released Thursday (April 8).
“The adventure / educational activities in support of vulnerable young people who have been identified as” at risk “and developing their education through outdoor activities would be beneficial to the mental and physical health of the most vulnerable.
“The proposal includes maintaining existing landscaping and the applicant has improved the land by adding additional planting and maintaining the water source.”
Adventure Ways, which already operates an outdoor activity center in Moulton, would name the new website “Adventure 4 You”.
The center is primarily used to continue to support vulnerable young people who have been identified as “at risk” as well as other children and company bookings.
Outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, bushcrafting, cooking, temporary climbing wall, and soccer are used to improve their education, according to the report.
The six pods already built would house various activities such as a library, sensor room, cave, discovery room, and two changing rooms.
The applicant’s planning statement states that fishing has become less profitable in recent years, so the outdoor activity center is an opportunity to diversify the landowner’s business.
“There is no valid reason why this planning proposal should be rejected,” the statement added.
“Changing the use of an existing legal recreational fishery does not have a negative impact on the use of the wider landscape, access, motorways or parking spaces, or the appearance of the site.
“However, it will allow the established rural land business to strengthen its diversification strategy so that revenue from an exclusively non-rural business can continue to flow into the business.”
The South Northamptonshire Area Planning Committee will discuss the proposal on Thursday April 15th.