Kirkleatham Estate Development Project
The Kirkleatham Estate is one of the regions most significant heritage assets comprising a wealth of greenspace and impressive buildings and structures - 24 of which are listed in recognition of their national importance. It currently houses an increasingly popular museum with nearby pavilion and play area, which now attract in excess of 100,000 visitors per year. It also houses Kirkleatham School, the popular owl centre, private businesses, residences, the impressive church and mausoleum and the Almshouses. The potential of the showground, walled garden, stables and other land and property across the site offer a major opportunity to complement these existing assets.
We believe that Kirkleatham can become a major regional visitor attraction and a showcase destination for our local heritage, talent and residents. It will be an inspirational place for culture, leisure, business and training bringing opportunities for greater prosperity, employment and wellbeing across our communities.
Over the coming years, the Council aims to secure a sustainable future for the Kirkleatham Estate that would include:
- An inspirational place with free public access for recreation, leisure,tranquillity, health and wellbeing;
- A fantastic regional, or possibly national, visitor attraction which celebrates the past and inspires current and future generations, providing a cultural magnet for the North of England;
- A centre developed with the community for the community, where existing groups can contribute and benefit - encouraging others to do the same;
- A place where business and education can come together to inspire and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and skilled workers;
- A place where our heritage can be protected, improved and developed to enhance the future and where nature can be nurtured for the benefit of the environment, wildlife and people; and
- A centre for regeneration which will act as a catalyst for wider physical and community regeneration, bringing opportunities for greater prosperity, employment and wellbeing across our communities.
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