Friends welcome progress on Wharfedale Greenway

Members of the Friends of Wharfedale Greenway heard about the progress that has been made in planning the Wharfedale Greenway over the last year at their first general meeting recently.

The group, which was set up earlier this year to raise awareness and support of the proposed greenway, reflected on some of the positive steps forward that have taken place since lockdown began. The Friends of Wharfedale Greenway are separate to the Wharfedale Greenway Steering Group, which is responsible for developing plans for the Greenway.

While there is still a lot of work to do before construction begins, recent milestones include the granting of planning permission for the Leeds section of the proposed route between Otley and Burley in Wharfedale, with the Leeds Chief Planning Officer noting, “The greenway will provide much enhanced local opportunities for leisure and recreation along the route which will effectively form a linear park. The route will also provide a practical route for more sustainable and safer daily journeys”.

The rest of the route between Burley in Wharfedale and Otley is covered by a planning permission which is currently being considered by Bradford Council. This includes a biodiversity study, which sets out plans to increase flora and fauna along the route. This includes planting native trees, creating ponds, as well as creating a wildlife corridor along the planned bridges by planting large containers of wildflowers.