Last Wednesday (9th of December) planning permission for the Landhouse estate in Bruton was granted. The developers have made a firm commitment to build a gravel path down to the public right-of-way, in the future, when a path connecting to it is built. It will be one of two alternative paths (marked 1 and 2 on the map – please click on the map to enlarge it).
We believe that the path should be built with the estate and that it should be suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, scooters, cyclists etc. We attended the meeting to present the case for this. Here is an outline of what we said.
We trust that the developers and landowners will keep their promise to build this path. We also hope they will build it so it can be used by pushchairs, scooters, cyclists, mobility scooters and wheelchairs. If the path and the new estate are built well they will be a real asset to the town. As has been seen in many other towns, when well designed and attractive paths are built they quickly become well used. Giving people an alternative to using their cars will limit the the additional traffic caused by the new estate, reduce congestion and help keep Bruton a beautiful and vibrant place to live.