Bartin & Greaves Planning Applications

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Bartin Lane (1 of 1)
Holmfirth Bridleway 189. White Wells Road

I took this photo of a popular bridleway in the valley above Digley on a recent evening walk. The bridleway used to serve a number of small holdings which were bought up by the water authority and closed before the construction of Digley dam. Consequently the valley and it’s network of footpaths & bridleways, along with the surrounding landscape, have remained largely untouched by modern development and are pretty much traffic free. A rare and valuable thing these days.

On my next walk here a series of planning notices had been posted advising of applications to develop the ruined farmsteads at Greave and Bartin. Now the only access to these properties (which have not been occupied for over 70 years) are Holmfirth Bridleways 68 and 189. Bartin is over 2,300 metres from the road network along these unmade and narrow bridleways.

Bartin Greave 5 (1 of 1)
Bartin & the bridleway

I looked up the applications on the Peak Park Planning website and  read through the forms and supporting documentation and could find no reference at all to the fact that Bartin & Greave are accessed via 2,300 metres of public bridleway. It seemed quiet an oversight to me. Public rights of way are a material consideration in the planning process. So I e mailed the planning officer to ask why the bridleways had not been mentioned either in the application or on the Peak Parks Planning website and was told-

In relation to the impact upon the access, it is for the applicant to include whatever information they consider appropriate for consideration, and so I cannot answer your question regarding why more information has not been submitted in relation to this.

Helpful? Not really is it?

Radicalised by this bureaucratic  indifference I fired off my simple concerns ie that the bridleways could not withstand an intensification in vehicular traffic,that such an intensification would lead to conflict with other users and that in a traffic free valley the character of the bridleways and the publics enjoyment of them would be damaged by introducing the car.

I know this is all really dull stuff but what’s at stake here is a wonderful unspoilt area of traffic free countryside.

Notices (1 of 1)
Notices at Greaves

View and comment before 11 May 2017 at https://pam.peakdistrict.gov.uk/

Application numbers NP/K/0317/0323 & 0324 & 0325 & 0326

Bartin Greave 6 (1 of 1)
Bartin from Goodbent Lodge
Bartin Greave 9 (1 of 1).jpg
Greaves Farm

 

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