With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the design process for a new bridge has been in the works over the past year.
Nene Park acknowledges that Pontoon Bridge is a "central feature" in the park, having been in place since 1989, but the need for maintenance has become more regular and the ever-growing number of visitors to the park means that the bridge doesn't meet the requirements.
The new bridge has been designed by CB Arts, a business known for creating architechtural and sculptural metalwork, and will be wider - offering improved accessibility - and made from a lacquered steel, to give a "high quality but muted finish".
The plans state that "all materials have been selected to sit well in the park setting whilst offering resilience and low maintenance".
Part of the design will incorporate crafted sculptural tree features at either entrance of the bridge, which aim to reflect the natural environment while also acting as a "long-term park feature".
The replacement of Pontoon Bridge is one part of Nene Park's Your Community Greenspace 'masterplan', which will also see the construction of a community hub at Lynch Lake Kiosk, a plant nursery, the renewal of the welcome area and an enhanced events and activities programme.
Orton Parish Council has raised concerns that "a like for like replacement is not going to happen", while wildlife officer Mr Rowan Rumball has recommended refusal on the grounds that there is insufficient information, particularly about the impact on otters living in Nene Park, to make a recommendation.
Nene Park states in the application that it is aware of the presence of otter and requests "a pre-commencement condition to ensure additional surveys are undertaken in a time period relevant to the proposed construction".
Natural England raised no objection.