There is a planning application for holiday chalets to be built at Ashton Golf Centre (reference 17/01196/FUL) on the A588. Dynamo has objected – not because it is against the idea of holiday chalets here, but because there the application has no provision for holidaymakers (and perhaps even the general public, but that may be hoping for too much) to access the shared-use path beside the River Lune from the site.
Without such access, holidaymakers – some of whom will be families with children – will have no safe cycling or walking access to the chalets. Building such access could even be a marketing coup for the owners – safe access directly onto the district’s off-road cycle network.
Fortunately, the County Council’s Highways team think the same way, so we hope that the application will be amended.
UPDATE: the application was approved. The County Council’s Highways team appeared to remove their objection. Within the space of a week:
I am reliably informed by the applicant’s agent that the extents of the golf course abuts the cycle link and as a consequence of the fore, I deem it imperative that a privately maintained pedestrian / cycle means of access is provided from the application site to the cycle link. Without creation of the link residents of the chalets walking or cycling to attractions and facilities in the immediate vicinity would be forced to use the A588 (Ashton Road) public highway.
My overall conclusions on this matter are that while there is the potential for an increase in pedestrian & traffic movements on a principle [sic] road with a documented injury accident record. The level of increased movements that the development is likely to generate is unlikely to be sufficient to have a noticeable impact on highway safety and therefore do not consider there to be sufficient strength in the argument to refuse the development on highway safety ground and defend such a reason for refusal at appeal.
Win some, lose some.