Applegarth Bridleway Victory

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-05-12

I am delighted to advise that, following the Public Inquiry in early March where Alan Jackson and John Deighton presented evidence to oppose the downgrading order on the Applegarth bridleway, the Planning Inspector has decided NOT to confirm the downgrading order. This means the bridleway remains a bridleway. This is excellent news for cyclists and horse riders who wish to enjoy this beautiful part of the Dales. The parties that brought about the inquiry can appeal against the decision via a judicial review but they would be contesting how the Planning Inspectorate had handled the inquiry so it is unlikely that this will happen. It will probably be some weeks/months before NYCC actually install bridle gates but this is a fantastic outcome. Well done and thank you to John for his tireless years of campaigning and to Alan for putting together a sound piece of evidence – if you wish to know more about the details I am sure Alan will be pleased to share them with you; it is also a very insightful history lesson.

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