£3.8m expansion plan for Wendover Woods

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Parts of Wendover Woods could be set for a £3.8 million expansion and improvement, if new plans are approved.

The Forestry Commission has entered an application to expand its cafe, build a cycle hire building, visitor centre, improve its children’s play areas and toilet facilities.

The commission’s beat forester Joanne Mason said: “I think it’s going to be great for the woods. Some parts are improving the site above and beyond and some parts are core.

“There’s the toilet block which is not what people expect, really. That needs improving.”

The plans state that the new buildings will be in keeping with the rural area and that the car park will be relocated so that cars are less of an eyesore.

Meanwhile, the existing car park will be converted into free space for playing and picnics.

Ms Mason added the improvements reflected a growing population and more people going out in the countryside year on year.

She said: “There’s a natural increase of people and we have to bear that in mind.”

Planning officer for the Chilterns Conservation Board, Colin White, voiced his approval for the plans.

He said: “We are fully supportive of the idea of improving the visitor experience.

“This is the kind of thing that will get more people out and about in the countryside and appreciate the area the Wendover Woods site is in.

“Probably one of the reasons they are doing this is because it will improve the visitor experience.”

The project also includes plans for new underground sewerage treatment tanks and the creation of a new wood fuel building.

Ms Mason added it was early days for the plans but work could begin in September this year.