Elements
  1. Main visitor car park. To be formally laid out using water permeable materials and possibly at a slightly raised level to improve drainage with run-off attenuated into wet woodland, ditches and ponds, creating additional wildlife habitats.
  2. Overspill car park.
  3. Picnic and kick around area.
  4. Woodland. All woodland will be managed to ensure its health and to promote biodiversity. Where appropriate public access will be allowed. Other learning initiatives and commercial activities such as Forest School and a ‘Go Ape’ could be considered.
  5. Pastoral farmland. Could be used to support an equestrian use on the Estate.
  6. South Avenue and the Golden Gates flanking lawns. Maintained for informal recreation/walking. The South Avenue could be used as the principal route for pedestrians and cyclists accessing the park from the new residential development to the south of the Estate. Grassland margins to the South Avenue should be managed to encourage greater biodiversity.
  7. Pastoral farmland – see 5. Could also be used to support other uses on the Estate such as an equestrian centre.
  8. Core Pleasure Gardens. To be managed to conserve and enhance William Barron and the 4th Earl’s original design intentions. Works in the Gardens Maintenance Management Plan are to stop further loss of its historic significance. Future phases may include the recreation of lost elements. As the condition of the Core Gardens improves charging for access may be considered.
  9. Oak Flat, Pastoral farmland – see 5. This was initially considered as a possible future location for an events field as the land is on higher ground than the existing Showground and is likely to be better-drained. However, the existing Showground (see 15) is the traditional much-loved location for holding large events at Elvaston Castle so in the short to medium term it will not be relocated. Area 9 will continue to be let as pastoral farmland in the short to medium term.
  10. Local Wildlife Site. Continue to be managed as a wildlife site encouraging greater appropriate biodiversity. Interpretation in area to be enhanced.
  11. East Avenue. Maintained for informal recreation/walking. Grassland margins to East Avenue should be managed to encourage greater biodiversity. Avenue trees need careful monitoring, especially Barron’s tree planting. Management is needed to reduce/not worsen root compaction.
  12. Lake and Rockwork. To be managed to conserve and enhance William Barron and the 4th Earl’s original design intentions. Issues concerning the lake’s hydrology need to be identified and addressed. Rockwork requires careful consolidation and restoration, especially Grade II listed Grotto.
  13. Glamp Site. Camping and holiday use.
  14. Current visitor car park. Move visitor car parking. Current site could then be used to enhance glamping offer as well as considering use for car parking for one off events.
  15. Showground. In the short to medium term manage as the Estate’s principal events space. Beyond that use to be re-assessed in the light of further research to establish whether additional measures can be taken to improve the drainage of the area. Longer term the area may remain as the Estate’s principal events space or, if not, it could be retained as a secondary events space/communal recreational space/or for pasture use in connection with a glamping offer.
  16. Mown grass picnic area. Grass margins to be managed to encourage greater biodiversity.
  17. Paddock. To be developed in part as a pay for entry adventurous play facility.
  18. Immediate surrounding to Elvaston Castle. Managed for informal recreation such as picnicking. A programme of events could be considered to exploit the terraces’ amphitheatre arrangement.
  19. Home Farm. Conversion of farm house and ‘horse shoe’ barn. Access to the site via Bedford Drive. Residential use was initially considered the optimum use here (to assist in contributing funds to repairing the Castle buildings) but the potential negative impact of an access route following Bedford Drive is recognised. The optimum proposed use has been changed to activity-related, to respond to leisure, well-being and tourist needs. The repurposing and repairs of these buildings is a priority due to their condition. The option of redeveloping the site as housing, including an element of ‘enabling development’*, may have to be reconsidered if no suitable alternative use can be found in the short term.
  20. Thatch Cottage residential area. ‘Enabling development’ site accessed via Castle Drive. Where alternative leisure based proposals are put forward, these will be considered.
  21. Elvaston Cricket Club.

* “Enabling development is development that would be unacceptable in planning terms but for the fact that it would bring public benefits sufficient to justify it being carried out, and which could not otherwise be achieved. The key public benefit to significant places is usually the securing of their long-term future.” Enabling Development and the conservation of significant places, Historic England