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A sustainable vision for Delamere Forest

A Sustainable Vision for Delamere Forest - Forestry Commission’s £15 million vision


There have been calls for improvements to visitor facilities at Delamere Forest for more than 20 years. Our vision promises to ease visitor pressure, create better car parking, lower off-site speed limits and enhance the experience for visitors.

We hosted public exhibitions on 14, 15 and 16 July 2016 to tell people about the new plans for updating visitor facilities in Delamere Forest including solving local problems caused by its popularity. 

The plans were broadly welcomed by many who came along. Since the exhibitions there have been some minor adjustments to our proposals. We have reduced the number of Forest Holidays cabins from 69 to 67 and have slightly adjusted the layout in response to feedback from residents at neighbouring Kingsley Park. This means that the associated visitor spend has reduced from £2.5 million to £2.4 million . 

For more information on Forest Holidays, please click here.

We submitted the application to Cheshire West and Chester Council and on April 4th 2017 the application went before the planning committee. 

We are very disappointed that our planning application for a sustainable vision for Delamere Forest has been unsuccessful. Many people and numerous organisations have worked extremely hard to develop the proposals, which would have eased the pressures associated with this hugely popular site, worked with the forest environment  and contributed substantially to the local economy.  We will now take time to consider our next steps.

Last updated: 6th April 2017

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.