Decision details

Management of Hollingworth Lake Country Park - Proposal for Investment

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for A Safer and

Inclusive Community / Cabinet Member for Quality of Place/ Director of Neighbourhoods seeking approval for proposals for the development of the wider Hollingworth Lake Country Park (HLCP) in addition to the Water Activity Centre.


Alternatives considered

The submitted report included evaluation of the financial and operational requirements of managing the country park as well as developing a ‘vision’ for the future operation of the park.



1.    That previously approved funding for the approved post for Link 4 Life to continue to operate the country park, be confirmed.

2.    That Cabinet supports the production of a final business case regarding the future investment of a new building at Hollingworth Lake Waterside Activity Centre.

3.    That approval be given to commencement of negotiations with United Utilities to revise the lease currently granted to the Councilat Hollingworth Lake to ensure a long-term future to for the Council. 

4.    That approval be given to the inclusion of the capital schemes in the Capital Programme.

5.    That the proposals for a feasibility to establish a hotel and restaurant facilities in the vicinity of the Country Park be approved.

6.    That S106 planning contributions relating to the provision and/or maintenance of recreational open space from any redevelopment of the Akzo Nobel site for housing be ring-fenced towards improvements that complement and support the proposals within the HLCP.

7.    That the principle of a revised future operating model whereby additional car park income is re-invested into the facilities and activities with the eventual aim of providing a subsidy free model be approved.

8.    That approval is given to the funding of the £55k deficit noted in 21/22 from Budget Pressures Fund, prior to it being refunded from the surplus generated in 22/23.

9.    That the termination provisions contained in the Lease from United Utilities dated 16 June 2006 be noted including the risks to the investment should the Lease be terminated in accordance with such provisions.


Reason for resolution

The recommendations aligned with Sport England’s ten principles of Active

Design - achieving as many of these as possible within an Active Environment will optimise opportunities for active and healthy lifestyles and these include, walkable communities, connected walking and cycling routes, co-location of community facilities, appropriate infrastructure, network of open space and activity for all.

Report author: Nathan Matley

Publication date: 16/02/2021

Date of decision: 09/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 09/02/2021 - Cabinet

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