High Peak cycling route is on track

A NEW cycle route is on the right track after planners approved revised plans for the stretch between Ladmanlow and Earl Sterndale.

Part of a much wider scheme that will eventually link up with the Tissington and High Peak Trails, the new route will follow the former High Peak and Cromford Railway towards the Harpur Hill Industrial Estate and on to Harpur Hill.

An earlier application had been refused amid concerns over two links into Harpur Hill.

The proposed access on to Burlow Road has been axed while changes have been made to the access that will go into the Parks Inn car park and onto Grinlow Road.

Members of High Peak’s Development Control Committee heard on Monday that there was strong support from one Harpur Hill resident.

Joanna Beswick said the new trail would encourage the local community to visit some of the beautiful countryside, adding: “I think it will encourage tourists into Buxton.”

She said the route would also help provide a safer route for workers at the Harpur Hill Industrial Estate as the existing path was currently steep and very slippery.

Councillor John Faulkner, supporting approval, said: “The previous application was rejected for two or three reason all of which have been addressed by the applicant.”

The project had received 97 letters of support and eight letters of objection.

Councillors were told concerns over the future maintenance of the route had been addressed and would be dealt with by the company set up to create the route – Peak Cycle Links.

Cllr Linda Baldry said she was concerned that the application was being dealt with in isolation of the rest of the route.

A further stretch of the trail linking up Grinlow Woods and Holmfield is subject to a separate planning application.

The committee was told any outstanding concerns over boundary treatments and preventing motorcycle access would be addressed in the conditions.