The appeal failed on two main grounds. Firstly the adverse effects on the residents adjoining the access, along with parking and traffic issues. Secondly on technical grounds the route could not be adequately conditioned because the site area was limited to the width of the path and did not include land that would compromise the site of 'cut and fill' works nor did it include land which included affected trees - in terms of root and crown spread.
This application is on hold mainly because Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have concerns about grassland within DCC ownership. We have explored all possible options to meet the concerns of DWT. However, no solution was completely satisfactory and we didn’t wish to compromise on our design specifications or the environment. Although mitigation was suggested by DWT this wasn’t acceptable to the landowner. We hope that the application fee is refunded if the application is withdrawn but are keeping our options open to find a way around the present difficulties at a future date.
The application to the Peak
District National Park Planning Authority was on hold because
of concerns raised by Natural England. PDNPA had indicated
their intention to cancel the application under statutory
powers due to lack of progress but agreed to wait until a
report commissioned by DCC (see right) on alternative routes
We are hoping to get the fee returned.
This is being considered by HPBC but is linked to Woo Dale. HPBC say that compensation/ mitigation measures are required in connection with the impact the trail will have on a sensitive area and that compensation / mitigation is outside the application site and thus cannot be considered. If we do not withdraw the application it is likely to be cancelled and we won't get our fee back.
The application has been withdrawn to enable the Peak District Park Authority to submit their own application. Working with DCC they hope to have a more ambitious plan to span the river.
Peak Cycle Links is a local charity registered in November 2010 to promote, deliver and manage links to popular cycling and walking routes in the Peak District. In particular it is our ambition to create the 'White Peak Loop', a 60 mile traffic-free circuit, to connect the Monsal and High Peak trails, owned and maintained by the Peak District National Park, to Buxton and Matlock rail stations. Peak Cycle links has been actively involved in preparing and submitting planning applications.
We have four key aims:
See the Public Transport page for buses and trains to the White Peak Loop.
Peak District National Park Authority undertook the construction of the trail through the now re-opened Monsal Tunnels with the benefit of central government grant. Financial support is still sought by PCL for the development and construction of key routes into Buxton and Matlock. Funds for surveys and planning applications have come from grants, donations and appeals to supporters. However, money is still needed to support route development, legal fees and running costs. We need regular contributions from supporters to finance our basic activities and without them we wouldn't exist to help create the White Peak Loop. Please support our efforts by clicking Donate
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This arrival of Spring has heralded progress with construction of the White Peak Loop and other cycle trails, although the weather on the first day of construction work in March was distinctly wintery.
Derbyshire County Council (DCC) intends to stake out the route of the trail between the Axe Edge Road and the Parks Inn Spur during May 2014 with the aim of going out to tender in June and commencement of construction in August. The short section of trail between the Grinlow Country Park access road and the junction of Grinlow Road with Leek Road has already been completed.
Unfortunately, something over three years after reaching agreement in principal on the terms on which the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) would allow the construction of the cycle trail over its land between Ladmanlow and Parkers Crossing, Peak Cycle Links (PCL) has received notice that HSL is not willing to proceed for commercial reasons.
PCL volunteers have been working tirelessly throughout the intervening period in efforts to find solutions to issues that have thus far obstructed efforts to obtain planning permissions for other sectors of the White Peak Loop and to raise finance to fund construction of this sector for which planning permission has been secured. Having helped secure finance and cement the planning permission it is immensely disappointing to find the project frustrated at this late stage.
The finance has been provided by the Department of Transport by way of a grant provided in response to a joint bid by DCC and Peak District National Park Authority. The bid was supported by High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council as well as PCL. The project also has the support of local MPs Andrew Bingham and Patrick McLoughlin. It is ironic that a project with so much political support and which aims to deliver benefits consistent with government policy on health, exercise, recreation, environment and traffic congestion should be stymied by another government agency.
PCL is continuing to assist DCC to try to identify and develop an alternative route, but it appears that the best option has been removed. PCL remains optimistic that a viable alternative will be found to bring the trail into Buxton from Harpur Hill and/or Ladmanlow and thereby bring completion of the White Peak Loop a stage closer. DCC continues to develop proposals to extend the Monsal Trail south from Bakewell to Matlock.