A new vehicular access from a new junction on the B5010 (Shardlow Road) between the A6 roundabout and the South Avenue gates to a new visitor car park is proposed. The access will be carefully designed to minimise its impacts, especially where it crosses or is near existing pedestrian routes and bridleways.
The new access will help to alleviate traffic pressure through Thulston, Elvaston and Borrowash. Access to St Bartholomew’s Church, Elvaston Cricket Club and the Kennels and Saw Yard will be via the new access.
As well as being close to the new visitor hub and giving a clear, legible approach to the core buildings, the new car park arrangement will provide more space for parking than the existing car park. This relocation will help reverse the damage to the historic landscape around the lake, which is suffering from excessive erosion and root compaction.
The new access route and car park will unlock the full potential of the Estate’s core buildings by bringing visitors directly to the heart of the site. Along with the installation of new services and drainage infrastructure, this work is seen as essential in updating the core to modern standards, keeping people safe and ensuring that traffic is managed efficiently.
The Estate will be managed to promote access for all. At busy times an electric buggy service or similar is envisaged to take visitors with impaired mobility from the car park to the visitor hub. At quieter times disabled parking will be available closer to the core buildings.
Springthorpe Cottage (see above) could act as a welcome point for all visitors on all but the quietest days. It is hoped that this will be a location for visitors to orientate themselves to their surroundings, promoting walking, cycling and horse-riding routes across the Estate.
Cycle hire facilities could be introduced on the Estate, providing opportunities to develop Elvaston as a cycling destination, maximising the opportunities offered by National Cycle Route 6 which connects locally with routes 66, 67 and 54 in Elvaston’s vicinity.
Signed walks, orienteering and other sports related events will be promoted and encouraged in partnership with tenants on the Estate.
The new access route will not remove any current footpaths or bridleways.
The new access will be twinned to run alongside current bridleways in places.
Where the new access needs to cross a footpath or bridleway it will be made clear that pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders have priority.
A new roundabout at A will be created on the detrunked A6 west of the South Avenue. It will be situated as far as possible from the current roundabout to its west without impacting on the setting of the Grade II listed London Road Lodge entrance gates.