New bridleway set to bypass busy danger route

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PLANS have been approved for a new public bridleway which would allow pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to avoid a narrow section of a busy Sheffield road.

Sheffield Council’s planning board granted permission for the scheme, on Green Belt land, because it aimed to improve safety.

The new path would run to the south of Sheffield Road, between Killamarsh and Halfway, crossing the River Rother and railway line with two new bridges.

A report to the planning board, which recommended approval for the scheme, said: “By offering a safe, alternative route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and reducing congestion, the proposal is considered a special case for allowing development in the Green Belt.

“The proposed development will also aid in the promotion of car-free travel, including allowing a safer route for pedestrians to reach the local Supertram stop.”

Council officers said the plans included measures to increase biodiversity in the area through planting a range of trees to replace some which would have to be cut down when the bridleway is built.

The planning application, made by Sheffield Council, was backed by Peak and Northern Footpaths Society and the Cyclists Touring Club.