Plan for 15k cycle track through Plymouth beauty spot is postponed again
A CONSERVATION charity proposing a highly controversial bike and cycle track and cafe has postponed submitting a planning application for a second time.
The National Trust yesterday confirmed it will not be submitting its plan for a café and 15km of cycle trails at the Plymbridge Woods beauty spot by the end of May.
A spokesman for the trust said the charity has not been able to complete the necessary work to submit the planning application "due to the complexity of the many issues the site presents".
"A number of key opportunities have been explored but each brings with it a new set of associated issues to resolve," the spokesman added.
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The National Trust has now said a planning application will be submitted later this year.
The original planning application was withdrawn in October last year, following the discovery of a legal issue surrounding the proposed site of the café and cycle hub facilities.
The plan had been met with fierce opposition by people living close to the site, as well as strong support from bike campaigners.
More than 800 letters were sent to Plymouth City Council for and against the original plan.
More recently the trust had proposed incorporating some of the cycle trails within Cann Woods as well as Plymbridge Woods.
Adrian Colston, the National Trust's general manager for Dartmoor, said: "We have been faced with many challenges throughout development of this proposal and coming up with viable and an achievable solution has proven extremely difficult.
"The National Trust needs to reach a solution that is best for the long-term future of Plymbridge Woods and the many people that enjoy and value the area."
The National Trust emphasised the views of those both supporting and opposing the project are being taken into account and 'considered fully'.
Arthur Ainslie, chairman of The Friends of Plymbridge Woods group, has now called a meeting for Tuesday June 12 to "gauge opinion" and to determine whether the campaigners "continue the battle".
"We need to gauge the strength of feeling," Mr Ainslie said.
"What they [The National Trust] are now proposing is quite different and they might have now satisfied many people.
"We need to get people together to determine how they feel and whether we should continue the battle."
The meeting will be staged at Mainstone Community Centre from 7.30pm.
To keep up to date with progress on the cycle hub proposal and to view documents from the Plym Valley Advisory Group meetings, visit www.facebook.com/nationaltrustplymvalley.
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