The plans include a new building with a café, public toilets and baby changing facilities, a toddlers’ play area and a playground. The project is part of the council’s ParkLife campaign to improve the borough’s parks and open spaces.
New facilities for the £3 million scheme also include a multi-use games court and a plaza, focused around the Grade II listed war memorial. As well as the new buildings, the common will be landscaped to create grassy mounded areas and open spaces.
The plans have already gained general public approval during a consultation last summer. Cabinet member for residents’ services, Councillor Paul Bristow, said: “This project will benefit the whole of the community, breathing new life into a green space that needs regenerating.”
There is also an application to demolish the existing electricity substation building and take down all the railings and fences on the green. The plans are expected to come before the council’s planning committee in July and, if they are approved, work will begin before the year is out. The scheme is expected to take about nine months to complete.