Lowestoft Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan

Adopted Lowestoft Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour Area Action Plan

4.4 East of England Park

Overview and Development Opportunities

Figure 4.4.1 - East of England Park - Extent of Site (Proposals Map Extract)4.4.1 The AAP recognises the potential to create a major new contemporary park adjacent to the seafront walkway to celebrate the eastern most point of England and to provide a new cultural/events space for Lowestoft and connect to the existing, quality, public areas around the Ravine and to the historic High Street by way of the Scores. It presents the opportunity to reinvent a neglected underutilised open space to the north of the Birds Eye factory which contains historically significant fishing net drying racks, together with enhancements to Ness Point. A project implementation plan is being developed and refined by 1st East and Waveney District Council with stakeholders which will set out short, medium and long term actions and delivery plans for this area.

Current Character

4.4.2 Located between the beachfront and Whapload Road, the site is characterised by underutilised and poorly maintained open space. The site also incorporates Ness Point, the most easterly place in England. A lack of east-west pedestrian connections, as well as impermeable industrial land uses to the south contribute to the site being poorly integrated into the surrounding urban fabric.

SSP4 - East of England Park

The East of England Park will be created as a high quality landscaped area that celebrates its location as the most easterly point in England. The Park will seek to include the following features:
i. Improved access and cycle/pedestrian linkages to Town Centre;
ii. New vehicular, pedestrian and cycle linkage from Whapload Road;
iii. Use of landscaping and public art to soften the visual impact of the Birds Eye factory;
iv. Cultural events field;
v. Play facilities;
vi. Incorporation of historic net drying racks;
vii. Bold curving steps and ramps onto concrete promenade providing better access to the sea front;
viii. Better links to the historic High Street via the Scores and area to north including maritime museum and lighthouse;
ix. Use of high quality sculpture, lighting, banners to animate the seafront;
x. Pavilion/café/orientation facilities at Ness Point;
xi. CCTV;
xii. Signage and wayfinding measures to integrate the park with the wider town;
xiii. Integration with the North Denes Caravan Park proposals;
xiv. Orientation around the Gulliver wind turbine as a major local landmark;
xv. Provision of a landmark structure/sculpture to assist in the orientation of the site and Ness Point.

Proposals should be accompanied by a careful assessment of the impact on historic setting of the Scores and High Street.

Figure 4.4.2 East of England Park - Indicative Development Principles