Yorkshire Wolds beauty bid requires further information

Yorkshire Wolds

Yorkshire Wolds

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MORE information is needed before the Yorkshire Wolds can be named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been asked to submit further information to Natural England in support of a bid for AONB status for the Wolds.

The council believes that parts of the Wolds may be worthy of statutory designation and informed Natural England, the Government’s advisor on the natural environment, of this in July 2013.

Following a lengthy period of deliberation, Natural England, as part of its evaluation process, has asked the council to supply additional supporting evidence.

Cllr Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “The council is continuing to explore, on Natural England’s instruction, the potential to pursue AONB designation for the Yorkshire Wolds.

“It is important to highlight that central to this application being progressed is a clear demonstration of how this landscape designation could contribute to our economy and how the ongoing resourcing of the AONB can achieved in a self-financing way. This means local communities and other people benefitting from the AONB will need to consider how they would contribute.”

If successful, the process to formal designation would likely take several years to achieve and could lead to a Public Inquiry. As part of the process, the council would also seek to consult all the interested parties in the area, including local farmers, landowners, residents and the tourism industry.

AONBs are nationally important landscapes of such outstanding natural beauty that they are given the same level of statutory protection from inappropriate development as applies in National Parks. They are designated by Natural England, who also advises on policies to protect them.

There are existing AONBs covering the Howardian Hills and Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.

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10:09am Thu 7 Aug 14

sheps lad says...

TV coverage of the TdF showed that all of Yorkshire should be designated as an AONB!
TV coverage of the TdF showed that all of Yorkshire should be designated as an AONB! sheps lad
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12:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Anna Gramme says...

The Lincolnshire Wolds are an AONB so I fail to understand, other than bureaucratic twaddle, why David Hockney's backyard shouldn't be.
The Lincolnshire Wolds are an AONB so I fail to understand, other than bureaucratic twaddle, why David Hockney's backyard shouldn't be. Anna Gramme
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1:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

KAT1965 says...

I wonder how long it took the Lincolnshire Wolds or the Howardian Hills to get their status, from start to finish?
I wonder how long it took the Lincolnshire Wolds or the Howardian Hills to get their status, from start to finish? KAT1965
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1:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

KAT1965 says...

If East Riding are pushing this, is there a danger that only those parts lying within the East Riding will get recognition?
If East Riding are pushing this, is there a danger that only those parts lying within the East Riding will get recognition? KAT1965
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2:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

KAT1965 wrote:
If East Riding are pushing this, is there a danger that only those parts lying within the East Riding will get recognition?
You cannot expect them to spend time and money to help a neighbouring county...
[quote][p][bold]KAT1965[/bold] wrote: If East Riding are pushing this, is there a danger that only those parts lying within the East Riding will get recognition?[/p][/quote]You cannot expect them to spend time and money to help a neighbouring county... Big Bad Wolf
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