Planning permission was granted subject to certain conditions. All the planning conditions have now been satisfied except those related to signage and the road crossing of Grinlow Rd at Ladmanlow. This involves DCC preparing specifications, which they have not yet done.
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 We hope that the application fee is refunded if the application is withdrawn but are keeping our options open to find a way around the present difficulties at a future date.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The application has been withdrawn to enable the Peak District Park Authority to submit their own application.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
Just £3 per month will help with our basic running costs.
£10 per month will help with our path-finding activities.
£25 or more each month help us begin work on the trails.
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As we approach the end of the year we can look back on 2013 with considerable satisfaction. Our lobbying has encouraged the various local authorities with an interest in the White Peak Loop (Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council) to talk to each other and set up a Steering Group.
This led to a successful bid for grant funding from the Department of Transport made jointly by the Park Authority and the County Council. The result is a pot of £7.5m of which £5m comes from government and the balance contributed by the local authorities mentioned above together with Sheffield City Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. That is because the money is for a number of projects including those on the borders of Sheffield and Staffordshire with DCC. The projects include those parts of the White Peak Loop between Grinlow car park (near Buxton) and the Axe Edge Road (near Earl Sterndale) which will enable the link with the High Peak Trail and a continuation of the Monsal Trail south from Bakewell to Matlock. Other sectors around Buxton and between Matlock and Cromford will have to wait for another day.
Peak Cycle Links holds the land agreements for the sector between Grinlow and Earl Sterndale and has also obtained the planning permission. PCL was therefore able to support and assist with the grant application. Since the grant was awarded there have been a number of meetings between PCL representatives and county officers which have been very productive. The county have appointed a Senior Project Officer to manage implementation and allocated an engineer to prepare the detailed design and supervise construction. A considerable amount of preparation is required but we are optimistic that this sector will be constructed during 2014. We look forward to the new year with renewed optimism and enthusiasm.