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Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:33

School's Writing Competition 2018

From Fish n Chips to Michelin dining North Yorkshire's got it all say's Freddy
We are a charity and therefore shouldn't really be advertising but then some things are so good you have to shout about them! As Freddy so rightly says, North Yorkshire's got it all!
Out of the mouths of babes....2
ARE YOU TIRED OF YOUR BUSY, BUSY LIFE? Then come over to the beautiful, natural North Yorkshire!!
“Don’t forget to drink some tea!|dq|
Abigail of Helmsley CP School
"In my opinion Scott’s of Helmsley is the best place for fish and chips
The countryside is fun because it’s beautiful...
Tristan from Helmlsey School
'Make your way to North Yorkshire, don’t delay!' says Caroline of Helmsley CP School
Caroline from Helmlsey School
Jack's North Yorkshire
Hambleton and surrounding area has a racing history going back to the 17th century!
Henry says 'come to whaling Whitby to walk under the whale bones!'
Henry tells us about his view of North Yorkshire which includes; Whitby, Sutton Bank, fish and chips and Flamingo Land.
Mikey loves North Yorkshire!
Mikey from Helsley CP School in Helmsley tells us why he loves his county and countryside.
Alvin from Montessori loves fish and chips.
So many of them write about trips to Whitby on the heritage coastline.
“Chill out dude!|dq|
Lewis from Helmlsey School
The North York Moors really is one of the most outstanding places in England and…
North Yorkshire -' where dreams are made', says Ruby
Ruby from Helmlsey School
Poppy's love of North Yorkshire
Poppy’s story talks about Dalby Forest
What I can see from my window ....
Ebony's window: "The mountains, The lakes, The fields, The trees, The grass"
Don't leave rubbish about...
"Don't leave rubbish about" says Seb from Helmsley CP School!
Zoe's North Yorkshire
Zoe's loves Duncombe Park near Helmsley and going fast on her bike!
It's fantastic, it's amazing, and brilliant wi-fi...... by William!
Out of the mouths of the next generation....
Finlay tells us about his North Yorkshire....
Finlay should perhaps be writing for the ad agencies who promote tourism in North Yorkshire as this story tells and sells our wonderful county!
“Your adventure awaits”
North Yorkshire - and its finest beaches galore!!
Adam from Helmlsey School
“Whatever your taste, you’ll definitely find a food for you!
Luke's North Yorkshire
Come and visit the beautiful North York Moors which is filled with amazing plants and creatures!
Piage's beautifully written story about North Yorkshire.
Piage from Helmlsey School
Come to North Yorkshire, you’ll feel like a King (or Queen!)
Anon from Helmlsey School
Nyima says:
Come now and you’ll say WOW!
Why I love North Yorkshire
Out of the mouths of babes....
There is a beautiful sky, There is a gate so sheep don’t escape, There’s a way for a car to through
Ted's North Yorkshire
Ted, we love your story and the illustrations and your hand-writing.
Nature? History? Food? North Yorkshire’s got the lot!
Josh from Helmlsey School
Summer's entry in the CPRENorthYorkshire school's writing competition!
Summer, from Helmsley CP School in Ryedale, might just be the next David Attenborough....
Poppy at Lightwater Valley
Poppy would love to ride the dinosaur ride.
“I hope that you enjoy North Yorkshire and do all of these things”
Emilia's North Yorkshire
There is a house near a big long lake The are some little sheep You can swim in the lake Where could this be? Castle Howard?
Visit Jorvik - Lena's advice
Jorvik teaches us all about our past - our heritage
North Yorkshire's the best place in the whole wide world.
The best place in the whole wide world! Indeed it is Patryk which is why CPRENorthYorkshire works so hard to enhance and protect our wonderful county!
Bring you Wellies
Why I love North Yorkshire
Kayley Says:
North Yorkshire is an amazing place to live. There is loads of places to visit and to have fun!
Lots of beautiful landscapes and creatures
There is lots to do.... like sunbathing.
You won’t forget North Yorkshire
CH from Helmlsey School
Come to Beckdale says William
William P likes the woods and beaches in North Yorkshire and tells us that it's so tranquil in parts - you can hear the leaves falling from the trees...

Why I love North Yorkshire by the next generation!!

Out of the mouths of the next generation....

William likes Beckdale and appreciates good wifi.. so do we William!

Anyone inspired by Will should visit



Entry No 3

CPRENorthYorkshire Schools writing competition.



Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:10

Out of the mouths of babes....2

ARE YOU  TIRED OF YOUR BUSY, BUSY LIFE?  Then come over to the beautiful, natural North Yorkshire!!

Children are honest, they see life as it is and as it should be.  This wonderful story highlights North Yorkshire's incredible waterfalls, historical abbeys. castles, Sutton Bank, Roseberry Topping the White Horse and of course Whitby and it's fish 'n' chips!

Here's some more information about this stunning part of North Yorkshire and hopefully you'll see why we do what we do and why we campaign so hard for this generation and the next.....

Sutton Bank?

Well - apart from being a very big hill with a spectacular road running up the side, one that you seriously hope not to get stck behind a slow, large truck or a bad driver on, it is the route down from the tops or up from the Vale of York!

Vet and author James Herriot declared the tremendous view from the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the "finest in England". It's an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors.

There's a visitor centre at the top with ample parking - why not watch to the sun set with a picnic?  https://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/see-and-do/sutton-bank-national-park-centre

Visit Whitby for fish 'n' chips?  We second that, the famous Magpie Cafe is not to be missed!!

Here's entry two of the school writing competition.

The brief was to write about something the children did this summer that made them love North Yorkshire so much!  They've adapted the brief and seem to be producing an excellent ad campaign!    This entry is from one of the older children

The Campaign for National Parks have today objected to the current application on the Hellifield Flashes 

see the attachment.

We are not alone in our objection and campaign to protect the Hellifield Flashes.  

Friday, 05 October 2018 06:47

Housing numbers controversy ....again.....

The comments in the York Press below are interesting showing a wide range of opinion;  The article states that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revised down a previous projection for future household growth in York from 884 per annum to just 442


Now of course if we adopted a smart approach to housing as called for by CPRE across the country things might not be so bad! CPRE suggests that the 'predict and provide' approach that uses population and household projections as a basis for determining future need is not the best way to solve the housing crisi!  These projections are always an important PART of the evidence for planning housing but they only extrapolate past trends and therefore should be treat with caution.

We suggest a plan monitor and manage approach - referred to as SMART planning!

A crude application of predict and provide is likely to increase pressure for higher levels of land allocation and potentially (all too frequently) greenfield development.  Because of the discrepancies between theoretical predictions of aspirational demand and the availability to convert this into effective demand, this can frequently lead to an over supply of land allocation for housing.  Again, ALL TOO FREQUENTLY is can mean that there will often be market pressure on sites less suitable in planning terms to be developmed before more sustainable ones.

And always remember, you can grant all the planning permission you like but you cannot make developers build.  We cannot be confident that an application granted to provide a reasonable quota of the much needed affordable homes will actually be built but we can guarantee wth almost 100% accuracy that most of the applications granted where an affordable quota that is 'worth something' is promisd, we'll see the developer come back arguing they can't afford to buid out the affordable quota and replacing these needed homes with yet more "exekkertiv" homes built on new estates with roads named The Oaks, The Hollies the Hawthorns etc ........in memorium to the trees and hedgerows they bulldozed to make these large homes.


Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:34

MiQ's Craven District Local Plan ...done

After two long weeks of very hard work, CPRENorthYorkshire have submitted their answers to the MiQ's for Craven District Councils Local Plan Examination. Now onto the next one...and the next.... and the next....!


Saturday, 22 September 2018 07:02

Hellifield Flash Kill Zone

Gallaber Flash to become a wildlife ‘Kill zone”

In military tactics, the kill zone, also known as killing zone, is an area entirely covered by direct and effective fire, an element of ambush within which an approaching enemy force is trapped and destroyed. The objective of the ambush force is to quickly kill or capture all enemy soldiers inside the kill zone.

The latest plans* submitted to Craven District Council regarding the Hellifield Holiday Camp application seem to suggest that the main “flash” or vernal pond is to be screened by the creation of an unnatural, alien earth bund which will be planted with trees. This will, in our opinion, create the perfect wildlife ‘kill zone’. This is just more interference with the natural habitat that the wildlife depends upon which will further endanger wildlife and drastically alter the identity of this area.  Sky news reported today that we are ‘walking into an environmental apocalypse’ in the UK.https://news.sky.com/…/conservationists-warn-uk-faces-ecolo…

The Hellifield Flashes are home to thousands of migratory birds, many of which are on the RSPB’s own red and amber list. 44 million birds have disappeared from the British countryside in 40 years. Surrounding such an important site with enormous man made earth bunds planted with trees will create perfect cover for predators. They’ll find it so much easier to prey on the visiting birds and then retreat back to the earth bunds and tree cover to lay up and wait for for the next meal! How will the excavators rumbling across the Flashes to create the earth bunds and build holiday camp affect the wildlife?

The proposal is wrong on so many levels: from impact on conservation areas and heritage assets; impact on the character and appearance of the local countryside; impact on the setting of a National Park and now it just got worse increasing the adverse and detrimental impact on wildlife!

Two hundred acres of green agricultural fields, sitting next to and in full view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, partially with two conservation areas and next to the iconic Hellifield Railway Station Grade 2 listed building are under threat from a monster development including two cinemas, park and ride, hotel and ‘lodge homes’.

Are we really going to permit a development that effectively serves up the wildlife on a plate, with a knife and fork to predators animal and human!

It’s now two years since the application was ‘validated’ and yet it’s still awaiting determination by the officers of CDC. Validated means that the planning office have accepted the application. Determination means they decide whether to recommend refusal or approval to the planning committee.

In 2016 developers themselves stated they would remove trees provided cover for predators, in 2018 they propose putting more back and building a man made hill as well.

It’s also some 25 years since the site was first targeted by developers who, in the very humble opinion this charity, are as predatory as the animals set to tear the birds on the flashes apart and leave their discarded carcasses strewn across what once was an open, gently undulating rural landscape.

2019 is supposedly the Government’s year of Green Action. In a 25 year Environment Plan it has committed to creating or restoring half a million hectares of wildlife rich habitat - that’s around 12 million acres. So we have over 200 acres of prime wildlife habitat in Hellifield, home to thousands of birds and colonies of the Great Crested Newt 

which seems like a good place to start.

We face a mass extinction of wildlife in our own backyards due to a lack of regard for the environment. Sky news report that the UK is one of the worst countries in the world for protecting nature.


*(planning application 42/2016/17496 at Land to West of Hellifield) 

**from the JBA Ecological Appraisal 2016. Page 17

Bats Potential damage/ disturbance of bat roosts.

Potential negative effect at local scale.

All of the mature trees on the site (except those adjacent to Flash 1 which are to be removed to enhance the value for wading birds) should be retained, as they provide roosting opportunities for bats. If the tree identified as containing a Soprano Pipistrelle bat roost has to be removed as part of the development it is recommended that further surveys are undertaken to determine whether the tree is still being used as a roost. A mitigation licence will be required from Natural England

No significant effect on the population or conservation status of bats at the local scale.



MiQ's for the Craven District local plan, fracking, planning applications across the county and the rest of the local planning business for all the districts means that the team in our charity are all working to capacity and they are doing it well!

Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:37

Wetherby development - Leeds City Council objects

Harrogate Council recommends approval, Leeds City Council objects strongly to a proposal at Harrogate Road, Stockheld near Wetherby!

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