Cycle path fails to satisfy requirements

An inspector rejected an outline proposal for nine flats on a former railway line safeguarded for a new walking and cycling path between neighbouring Buckinghamshire settlements.

The layout of the appeal scheme incorporated a pedestrian and cycle route through the site but the inspector judged its narrow width and close proximity to a parking area and buildings would not meet stated policy objectives for the planned path, which envisaged an attractive green route of at least five metres width that would encourage its use and provide a showcase to promote walking and cycling. The inspector also considered that as the route within the site passed near to, or through, open space provided for residents, it would diminish their privacy and sense of security. She also considered urbanisation of a potential green corridor would have harmful effects on opportunities for wildlife and the character and appearance of the area, deciding to dismiss the appeal.

Inspector: Helen O’Connor; Written representations

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