Elvaston Castle Country Park is owned by Derbyshire County Council. As part of their Masterplan the council will be seeking planning permission to construct a new access roundabout on the B5010 at Thulston, a 1.5km access road bisecting open parkland and a 500 space car park with overflow for 300 more vehicles. The car parks will be located adjacent to the Local Nature Reserve. The planning application is due to be submitted in the next few weeks and full details will be given on this page once published. Derbyshire County Council state that the application has been delayed.
The proposed development will involve the destruction of hundreds of trees including mature oaks which are subject to tree preservation orders and complete loss of the habitats that they support. The proposals will lead to much higher levels of noise and pollution within the local area and will substantially increase the carbon footprint releasing hundreds of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Our campaign believes that the existing access and car parking facilities can be adapted to the needs of any development compatible with the country park’s historic status and to ensure maximum biodiversity and green space.
The Elvaston Castle Action Group has always supported sympathetic restoration of both the castle and the historic gardens and drafted their alternative proposal in 2018. This proposal identified funding sources and project ideas to restore the beauty of Elvaston Castle Country Park whilst remaining sympathetic to and protecting the environment and wildlife biodiversity. Over 10,500 people supported these ideas and signed a petition against Derbyshire County Council’s damaging road infrastructure proposals.
All funds raised will be used in the campaign to protect Elvaston Castle Country Park’s precious environment for future generations and any surplus generated will fund additional community schemes within the local area to enhance natural wildlife biodiversity and to fight climate change and global warming. The group will require the assistance of specialists in environmental and planning law.
This will be a once in a generation and final opportunity to contribute to the saving of open parkland and wildlife at Elvaston Castle Country Park that has been loved by the residents of Derbyshire and visitors from all over the United Kingdom for over fifty years.
Please help Elvaston Castle Action Group if you can. Thank you.