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Disused Railway Routes

Protection of Disused Rail Routes

Policy RE7

Development proposals along the line of a disused railway will not be permitted if the use of the route for recreational purposes or the reopening of the railway are prejudiced.

4.54 Several disused railway lines are located within the District. Some of them offer potential either for reopening as recreational railway routes or as elements of the rights of way network. They represent a significant resource which should be protected. There are, however, several sections in use as employment land or allocated for employment use. On some of these sites it will be possible by careful design to safeguard the line of the railway for future reopening or to provide a route through the development by linking rights of way along the track bed.

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