Lower Valley open spaces and wildlife is the top of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet agenda.
Members agreed to further develop a Masterplan for the Cromwell Bottom area - where the council owns 100-acres of land between Elland and Brighouse.
Calderdale Council plans to build an environmentally friendly visitor centre and cafe at the entrance to North Bank Loop former landfill site.
The vision is to enhance the area to provide residents and visitors with improved access to outdoor recreation facilities, a new environmental learing centre, improved wildlife conservation and sustainable employment opportunities.
Deputy leader of the council, Coun Scott Benton, said: “It is hoped more people will be introduced to the area. The nature reserve is an important site for wildlife and people are largely unaware of the importance of the site.”
Coun Benton hopes the site will attract visitors to the area and the development is “very exciting”.
The area could become Calderdale’s first official country park.
Councillor Ann McAllister (Rastrick, Con), said: “It will be a feather in Calderdale’s cap.”
Proposals include: construction of a network of walking and cycling trails; recreational facilities including geocaching, camping, canoeing; installation of a hydro-generating plant; employment space; training facilities; restoration of Tag Lock and Tag Cut and more.
Consultation will now take place with Cromwell Bottom Wildlife groups, Elland District Partnership, local businesses, Lower Valley residents, local landowners and schools. The findings of further works will be presented to Cabinet for consideration later in the year.
The name of the project is still to be agreed.