Elvaston Castle and Country Park is a wonderful and much loved landscape, owned and managed by Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council has been looking for a sustainable way forward for Elvaston Castle and Estate for some years and is currently working in partnership with the National Trust to secure its future. We are working together with visitors and other stakeholders to develop a ‘Vision and Plan’ which will encourage a sustainable future and guide the management of Elvaston Castle and Country Park over the next ten years. The plan will cover the buildings, garden & grounds which Derbyshire County Council saved from almost certain destruction from gravel extraction by buying it in 1969 and then created one of the first Country Parks in England.
Thanks very much to everybody who has taken part in the consultation process on the draft 10-year ‘Vision and Plan’ for the future of Elvaston Castle and Country Park – we really appreciate you taking the time to share your views and thoughts. Derbyshire County Council will now consider the comments received and revise and update the draft ‘Vision and Plan’ as appropriate.
It is then proposed to take the revised ‘Vision and Plan’ back to Cabinet at Derbyshire County Council for consideration in June 2014.
We have also recently undertaken an initial phase of market research (sometimes called market engagement), to start to find out who in the wider community and business sectors could work with the Council to help deliver the Vision, and in particular, to bring the many unused buildings back to life.
At the moment, this is simply a ‘conversation’ with interested people and organisations, and helps the Council better understand what may be possible. At this stage, the Council is interested in all ideas and options, including not only those from businesses, but also those interested in developing the Elvaston’s potential for training, volunteering and community engagement, and providing new and suitable visitor attractions. Again, the ‘fit’ of these ideas with the Vision will be a critical factor going forward.
The process has been really interesting and thrown up some great ideas. Further market research is planned later in the year, with details to follow. For more information on the recent process go to market engagement.(http://www.futureelvaston.co.uk/market-engagement/)