Relief for riders and dog walkers

Louise Sharp and her dogs at Bycell Road bridleway with horse riders in the background.'110622M-A278
Louise Sharp and her dogs at Bycell Road bridleway with horse riders in the background.'110622M-A278

Users of a popular Stowe bridleway are breathing a sigh of relief, after a bid to open up the leafy lane to motor vehicles was turned down.

Dog walkers and horse riders who regularly use the peaceful path known as Holback Lane were horrified when Bucks County Council (BCC)announced a proposal to upgrade the bridleway to a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) two years ago.

The path runs between Bycell Road, Stowe, and the Northants county boundary at Beckett’s Corner near Silverstone Racing Circuit.

A total of 77 objections were received.

Now, following a public inquiry at Buckingham’s Old Town Hall in May, planning inspector Barney Grimshaw ruled last week that the order was not confirmed.

Local residents Roslynne Rendell and Neil Newbury spoke at the hearing, along with Graham Plumbe who represented the Green Lanes Protection Group and Lillingstone Dayrell Parish Council.

Following the inspector’s decision, Mr Newbury told the Advertiser: “It was very good. It was the right decision.

“It’s a favourite spot for walkers, riders and dog walkers so I think everyone will be pleased.”

District councillor for Luffield ward, Pearl Lewis, said: “This is excellent news which I know will be welcomed by local residents who have been campaigning on this for many years.

“It is very important to protect our natural heritage in the countryside so this is the right decision by the Planning Inspectorate.”