Plans to Allow House Building on Former York to Beverley Rail Line Criticised
3:15pm 23rd May 2013
Campaigners wanting to re-open the York to Beverley railway line say their plans are being put at risk.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking at allowing house building on the line in their proposed Local Plan.
The line has been closed since the Beeching cutbacks of the 1960s.
George McManus, Chairman of the Minsters' Rail Campaign said "This is a truly devastating blow to our campaign to develop modern infrastructure which would have given East Yorkshire real economic advantage. Re-opening this line could have given Hull and Bridlington direct connection to the East Coast mainline. This is a serious blow to the area's future economic development.This Council has as much vision as a blind man who has most his guide dog."
He went on, "Securing route protection from development pressure was the reason we set up the campaign. In achieving that, we were successful but with its withdrawal, the raison d'etre for the campaign has disappeared."
"This decision illustrates a lack of vision at the heart of the East Riding Council which is stuck in the past and motivated by short term gains rather than long term benefits.Unless this decision is reversed, this line will never re-open and East Yorkshire will slip further into congested, polluted decline."
John Craig, forward planning and housing strategy manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “Although a protected route is not shown in the emerging East Riding Local Plan, the council continues to support the reinstatement of the Beverley to York railway.
“Only proposals which are considered to be deliverable over the plan period, to 2029, can be included in the plan.
“At present, the council does not anticipate that funding will be available to progress this proposal within this period. The council is confident however that should this proposal still come forward in the longer term, subject to funding being available, that the proposals included in the current draft plan would not prevent this from happening.
“The council is currently considering a significant number of representations made to the draft plan, including those form the Minsters' Rail Campaign on this matter, and will reflect on such comments in preparing the next version of the plan later this year.”
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