Gateway to National Parks – Lepe Country Park

A new visitor centre and facilities at the gateway to the New Forest National Park.

Project Description

The Gateway to the National Parks project at Lepe Country Park will make a strong contribution to the vision for the Enterprise M3 areas as “the premier location in the country for enterprise and economic growth, balanced with an excellent environment and quality of life”. The Enterprise M3 area is unique in that it has two National Parks in its area, and Lepe Country Park is ideally positioned as a gateway to the New Forest National Park. The project will help Lepe Country Park to become self-financing and will include the delivery of a digital strategy for the park. The project will include a new flagship visitor centre overlooking the Solent and will include a café, retail opportunities as well as staff and partner office facilities. There will also be improvements to the car park and walking trails throughout the park. As a gateway the improvements to the park will also generate greater income and interest for the local visitor and rural economy.

Key Outputs

19 new/secured jobs 75 indirect jobs 350 sqm of new commercial space
Growth Deal Amount: 
£0.88 million
Total Project Cost: 
£2.7 million
Project Date: 
Wed, 11/02/2016 to Mon, 04/30/2018
Scheme Promoter: 
Hampshire County Council
Project Status: 
Current