Bryher Road Plans Get Approval From Planners

bryher townThe last remaining unmade roads on Bryher will be surfaced after councillors approved plans submitted by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The three sections, by the church, Hillside Farm and from Fraggle Rock to Chafford, will be laid with concrete to match the rest of the road network on the island.

Chief Planner Craig Dryden said it was necessary to improve accessibility and didn’t feel it would cause any damage to the environment.

Bryher councillor, Marian Bennett, had circulated the plans to local residents but she hadn’t received any negative comments.

The Duchy intends to surface up to 200m2 of road each year which means the work could take over 7 years – the total road area is almost 1,400m2.

Natural England had no objection to the plan, and said the nearby sites of special scientific interest would not be harmed if the work was carried out as proposed.

The AONB felt the project would improve access for pedestrians and vehicles without any significant impact on the conservation area.

But they recommend constructing the camber in the road to avoid run-off into neighbouring properties.

Craig also felt that concreting the section next to the Grade II Listed church wouldn’t make the road look too ‘modern’ and detract from the setting of the building, because it would weather over time.

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