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The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has ditched its plans to swap land on the ancient Beverley Westwood Common for a small piece on the northern edge. This was to accommodate a cycle track across the common.
Because there were objections to the swap, the Planning Inspectorate was to hold a hearing on 28 October, but this has been cancelled with the council’s announcement that it is abandoning this plan.
We are relieved that this scheme is dead. We opposed the exchange because the replacement land was remote and largely inaccessible, on the far side of what is believed to be an ancient boundary of the common. The land to be taken for the cycle track was across the middle of the common.
So we are pleased that the council has decided not to go ahead with this proposal, although we suspect the plan has not gone away completely.