Cumbria

Decision due on Ulverston 'illegal' BMX track

A makeshift BMX track in woodland in Cumbria could be flattened if it does not get planning permission.

The ramps and jumps in Penny Bridge, near Ulverston, were built with permission from the landowner, but without planning consent.

A retrospective application has now been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority.

Nick Edmondson, who built the track, said it would not cause lasting damage to the woodland.

The site is in woods in Hill Top, Penny Bridge. Colton Parish Council is supporting the application.

'Our passion'

Mr Edmondson, of Crakeside Farm, Lowick Green, has submitted a 14-page planning application letter with photographs of the jumps and clubhouse to planners.

In it, he wrote: "Due to the lack of facilities such as skate parks in the local area myself and friends decided to build our own jumps and trails to pursue our hobby and our passion.

"We have been building jumps on land owned by ourselves, friends and family for 10 years and the trails at Flass Wood have been developed over three years."

Mr Edmondson wants permission to run the track and clubhouse on the land for the next three years.

"The jumps will not cause any lasting damage to the woodland as they are constructed of soil and other organic material and are designed to work around the trees," he wrote.

He also said that his unofficial club of about 20 members wanted to make the trail official through the British Cycling Association for insurance purposes.

A decision is due on 4 March.

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