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We are dismayed that Harleyford Properties Ltd has renewed its application for planning permission for polo practice at Low Grounds Farm, near Marlow in Bucks. Wycombe District Council rejected a similar application last August because it would interfere with walkers, riders and cyclists using Harleyford Lane. The lane leads from western Marlow to the River Thames and the Thames Path National Trail.
Not only have the applicants appealed against refusal of that application, but they have put in a new one which is little different from the earlier one. It involved stabling of horses on site so that, say the applicants, fewer horses have to be transported along Harleyford Lane.
We cannot see how the land can be used for polo practice without putting the public at risk on the narrow Harleyford Lane. It is a popular route for walkers, riders, cyclists, runners and people with baby-buggies and wheelchairs. It is an ideal path for all ages, having a good surface. It is safe and pleasant. And it is the principal access between western Marlow and the popular Thames Path National Trail.
The route is totally unsuitable for horse-boxes. It is narrow with no verges, there are hedges on both sides and a lot of bends which restrict visibility. Public safety and enjoyment must not be sacrificed for this commercial enterprise.