Plans to turn a former golf course into a community parkland have been recommended for approval.
A report by Medway Council planning officers says proposals to transform the former Deangate Ridge Golf Course in Hoo should be given the go-ahead.
The application features picnic areas, paths, better access to viewpoints across the grasslands, woodlands and meadows.
The council held three consultation sessions last September where the public could ask about the plans and raise issues.
Under the plans, there would be 2.5km of paths as well as routes for cycling and dog walking.
The aim is to protect and enhance the 43-hectare site's biodiversity while opening it up for visitors.
Extensive environmental testing of the site in November found the former golf course is home to a variety of species, including great crested newts – the rarest species of newt in the UK.
Experts also found it is home to species of birds such as the mistle thrush, house sparrow, skylark, song thrush and nightingale – all on the conservation red list.
The council said protection of the site’s biodiversity was one of its key priorities in the development of the plans considering the area borders a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
The Deangate Ridge Golf Course closed in 2018 despite opposition due to low membership numbers and increasing losses.
There have been fears in the intervening years that the land would be used for housebuilding and development, but the announcement of its transformation into a greenspace for walking and exercise, as well as natural wildlife protection, has been supported widely.
From all those who commented, there was just one person who expressed disappointment – and that was at the lack of any provision for horse riders.
Sport England was consulted on the plans and said they provided good opportunities for exercise. Kent Wildlife Trust also voiced support for the proposal.
The application will go to the next planning meeting on February 14 to be discussed and voted on by councillors.