Yellow lines show approximate area of Laporte site (reigate.uk illustration)
By Rebecca Curley, Local Democracy Reporter, 31 May
Mud-wading and scramble tunnels, an eco-cafe, stroke rehabilitation unit, more than 100 homes and a residential care home could be on the cards for a former quarry site.
Proposals for the activity park at the site of the former Laporte Works in Nutfield near Redhill were submitted this month.
But plans and designs are still in the very early stages.
According to outline plans, Nutfield Green Park would be a multi-facetted scheme drawn up by restoration companies The Brookmead Trust and Down to Earth Developments – who formed the company Nutfield Activity Park Limited.
The blueprints include the creation of an outdoor activity park with a visitors centre and eco cafe, a fitness and wellbeing centre, a small residential development, care home and the stroke rehabilitation unit.
The documents are only at the early conception stage and plans will be presented to residents in public consultation exercises before a full planning application is submitted possibly later this year.
The former Laporte Works site off the A25 Nutfield Road is on green belt land and was used for mineral extraction, processing and landfilling. It is now a mixture of grassland, woods and ponds.
According to papers published on Tandridge District Council’s website, the proposals are one development but with two planning applications.
One will be submitted to Surrey County Council for the outdoor activity park and visitor centre, and an outline planning application will be submitted to Tandridge for the housing development, care home and stroke unit.
The papers state: “The outdoor activity park is designed to appeal to everyone from families to the rapidly growing sector of modern outdoor sports enthusiasts who wish to pursue a tougher and more challenging experience outside traditional gyms and health clubs.”
There could be woodland tracks, paths and boardwalks as well as gym exercise stations, climbing walls, scramble tunnels and areas for open-water swimming, mud-wading and aerial runways.
Walks will also be buggy and wheelchair friendly.
A circular cycle path would link the site with Sustrans Route 21 cycleway and there will be a separate dog-walking area.
The papers note: “The aim being that all members of a family will be able to engage in physical exercise at an appropriate level for them.”
Plans at this stage include up to 105 two or three-bedroom homes in three locations around the site and the care home could house 60 rooms.
The stroke rehabilitation unit will include therapies and treatment such as physiotherapy, speech and occupational health.
Designers of the plans, MJCA, has estimated that over three years there could be up to 60 HGVs travelling to and from the site (120 movements) every day.
Developers and trustees of the landowners have begun talks with parish and borough councillors and are working on designs before taking them out for public consultation.