Council officers recommend planning appproval for Lanhydrock cycle scheme
Cornwall Council planning officers are backing a project by the National Trust to revamp part of its estate at Lanhydrock into cycle trails.
The local authority's strategic planning committee meets in Truro next Thursday to discuss the controversial planning application, and their officers have recommended members approve it with conditions.
The trust wants to construct a new cafe, cycle hire building, toilets, plant sales building and create new car and coach parking areas to complement new cycle trails.
Parishioners in Lanhydrock formed an action group last year opposing the plans, worried about the increase in traffic and extra visitors the new facilities would bring to the area and the impact of the trails on the environment.
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Lanhydrock parish council and neighbouring Cardinham Parish Council strongly oppose the application. Bodmin Town Council strongly supports it.
A planning officer's report to councillors says: "In terms of the need for the facility, the cycle trails are intended to complement the existing family cycling provision established by the Camel Trail used by locals and tourists alike.
It was also identified that the cycling links between Bodmin,
Lanhydrock, Bodmin Parkway Station and the Camel Trail had the potential to be enhanced and result in an increase in cycle traffic on these routes.
"In terms of highway safety, the scheme has been considered by the Highways Agency and the Highways Development Management Officer and neither have any objections to the proposal on grounds of traffic management or highway safety.''