Thursday, July 31, 2008

News: Traffic-free plans for proposed development


Orgreave residents have been given a tour of the proposed Waverley community development by Richard Pett, rights of way officer at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, who provided information on how cyclists, walkers and horse riders are set to benefit from almost 25 kilometres of new and restored mixed-use pathways in and around the proposed 741 acre development. The proposals, which would link neighbouring communities, towns and cities, could benefit from a multi-user bridge over the Parkway, a two-kilometre lakeside Easy Going Trail and the anticipated Trans Pennine link into Sheffield. John Dunshea, head of the Sheffield office at planning consultants for UK Coal, Atisreal, said: "The location of Waverley means it is ideally placed for access to Sheffield, Rotherham, the surrounding areas and the countryside. "Creating a variety of avenues for people to get from A to B as well as providing options for multiple needs is one of the key principles of developing a sustainable community and something we feel strongly about successfully achieving. "So by creating a network of pathways that complement existing routes such as the Trans Pennine Trail, residents on the outskirts of Sheffield and Rotherham will have a great option to cycle to work." Planning permission for the new community will be submitted later this summer.


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