Polo plans at Marlow put users of popular path at risk

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We have objected to a planning application for polo practise at Marlow, Bucks, because it will put the users of the popular Harleyford Lane at risk. The development will require large horseboxes to travel along the lane, which is also a public byway enjoyed by a wide range of users by right.

Harleyford Lane, Marlow – narrow with no verges.
Photo: Andy Ford.

Harleyford Lane runs from the A4155 Marlow-Henley road in a south-westerly direction, providing a connection to the Thames Path National Trail and other routes. Walkers, riders, cyclists and carriage-drivers have the right to use it.

The Ramblers and Bucks County Council’s strategic access officer have also objected.

We are concerned about the effect this development will have on the many users of this route. It is a safe and pleasant path for people of all ages, with a good surface. It is enjoyed by families with small children, elderly people, runners, walkers, cyclists and many others. It is the principal access between the Thames Path National Trail and western Marlow.

The path cannot safely accommodate additional vehicles, and especially not big ones like horse-boxes. It is narrow with no verges; there are hedges on both sides and a lot of bends which restrict visibility. If people have to step aside for vehicles they have nowhere to go. It is completely unsuitable as an access-route for a polo operation.

We have urged Wycombe District Council to reject this application.

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