Regardless of whether we agree with the proposed changes in green belt boundaries or not, should any of the proposal developments go ahead we must be alert to potential opportunities for a) creating new pleasant / useful access through and or around any new developments; b) linking new developments to the nearby towns by such routes and c) improving existing access for ALL non motorised user groups.
Sadly, despite what they say, NCC planners won’t consider the sort of access we value unless we pressure then to do so and that includes building safe, direct, comfortable, attractive and convenient routes for walkers and cyclists for functional journeys. These are the 5 recognised considerations such routes should be measured against.
For such opportunities we must be alert. More than ever, Tynedale needs lerts.