Railway path cycle way scheme decision expected today
2:02pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
THE controversial shared cycle way along Penarth’s disused railway path, which would see it covered with asphalt, is expected to be approved today (Thursday September 5).
The Vale of Glamorgan Council submitted an application to resurface the existing ‘stone-dust’ gravel surface with a 2.5m-wide asphalt covering at the end of June, and today its planning department will decide whether the development is lawful, and does not require formal planning permission.
The proposal has been met with strong opposition from across Penarth since preparatory work was carried out in March, destroying valuable wildlife habitat.
Walkers and cyclists alike have said the current path is 'fit for purpose', and a protest group was set up to fight the plan but failed in a bid to force a referendum to prevent it.
Anger has also been voiced at the lack of consultation, particularly from residents of Sully Terrace and Archer Terrace where the path will be laid through the middle of a valuable green space.
A legal application from campaigners to make it a designated village green has been submitted but they are still waiting for a decision.
But the report to go before planners today says that if planning permission is required a full consultation will be carried out.
If approved, associated improvements will also be made to the path, including dropped kerbs, bollards, gates, and additional signage.
The application seeks a Lawful Development Certificate under Section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The report says: “It is considered that the proposed works to the pathway and associated works as indicated with the submitted information, benefits from permitted development under Part 12, Class A of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order1995 and therefore the works do not require formal planning permission.”
The path runs along 2km, from the town centre to Lavernock Road.
It will cost £250,000 to carry out the work.
The scheme will be funded by the Welsh Government.