Upton Country Park SANG
Outside Town Centre

In March 2015, 12 extra hectares of parkland were opened up in Upton Country Park as designated Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).  This helps lessen the impact of new housing provision on protected heathland.

Photo credit : Borough of Poole

LEAD: Borough of Poole

By 2026 Poole needs to provide 10,000 new homes.  As a result, new recreational space needs to be provided to lessen the impact on Poole’s protected heathland.  The parkland expansion offers attractive open space for everyone to enjoy, including meadows, woodland and streams.

Project initiation
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Concept design
Detailed design
Relevant approvals/consents
Final preparation
Works underway / on-site

As well as providing space for scenic walks, the planning process identified that dog owners should be encouraged to use this area as an alternative to using local protected heathland sites, which are home to some of the rarest wildlife in the country.

The expansion work was funded by £350,000 developer contributions from local building projects which have been set aside for heathland mitigation.

Key Benefits

12 extra hectares of public open space

meadow & woodland walks

dog walking & training areas

helps protect important heathland areas