Plans for a cycle track linking two of South Leeds’s most celebrated parks are set to move ahead.
Leeds City Council chiefs have revealed the authority is ready to submit a key planning application for the proposed track to connect Rothwell Country Park to Temple Newsam.
A route between the two Leeds parks has been a long-held ambition for local residents. But plans have not come to fruition, largely due to the difficulty of building a crossing over the river and canal.
The Coal Authority has agreed to contribute £450,000 to the scheme but the possibility of further funding from cycling charity Sustrans depends on the proposal getting planning permission.
The council has now agreed to submit a planning application and will shortly buy up land at Skelton needed to progress the project.
Coun Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said: “There has been talk for years about building this cycle route but precious little progress until now.
“The main problem has been building a crossing over the river and canal and getting funding in place for this.
“The route of the new path is very close to the area for the proposed high speed rail line, so it’s a much needed positive bit of news for residents in that area. It may also help us to object to this route passing through a well used area of green space.
“It’s a very positive development that the council is now finally ready to submit a planning application that will unlock the money from Sustrans we need to complete the project.
“If all goes to plan, in the not too distant future people will be able to cycle non-stop between Rothwell Country Park and Temple Newsam in beautiful scenic countryside.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer’s afternoon.”