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Hellifield Flashes - once the principle of development is established that's it.


It with restored confidence in the system that CPRENorthYorkshire is pleased to report that Planners have recommended the poultry farm application in the York Green Belt for refusal!

Friday, 22 June 2018 16:01

A focus on trustees!

An introduction to one of our trustees! Katie Atkinson


Each one of CPRENorthYorkshire brings professional skills to the board.  We start our intoduction with Katie Atkinson who joined us in January this year - and you'll see from her biography that we are very lucky to have her.  Katie works closely with the chair of the charity and each week they hold "Operations calls'.

This has moved the charity away from the old days where matters whent three months before being addressed!  We are always monitoring activity - good and bad in the county.  

Harrogate Borough Council have refused the application 17/04318/OUTMAJ at Kirkby Hill Harrogate

CPRENorthYorkshire are delighted that this application for 50 dwellings has been refused and were highly active (following requests from local people) in objecting to the proposeal and the revised scheme.




Our former CEO Shaun Spiers has written a most useful book - How to Build Houses AND Save The Countyside.  We all know it's possible but Shaun puts it in writing for the world to see.  The dedication page states the following:


....ALSO for the Campaign to Protect Rural England's HEROIC volunteers and staff, standing up for the countryside.....

That you!  So thank you from CPRENOrthYorkshire for being a volunteers and keeping us informed about planning issues good and bad in your area.  Where would we be without you.  Please take a bow.... you deserve it and Shaun, thank you from all at CPRENorthYorkshire.




This inappropriate or perhaps unlawful development has caused massive outrage in such small village in the Howardian Hills, we have been contacted on numerous occasions by members of the public asking for our help.

We contacted Ryedale District Council who responded swiftly.

They informed us that:

Following more letters and calls from more concerned residents in the Harrogate area, we have responded to two planning applications in this small village in one day!

The YDNP withdrew its objection to the enormous proposed leisure site on its boundary earlier this year

CPRENorthYorkshire wrote to the CEO asking for an explanation and pointing out the flaws in this decision.  The Craven Herald reported this story this week


Beggars belief that such an important site for biodiversity could possibly be relocated to an alternative site when it has already been established that the Flashes pay a key role in the continued success of the two nearby SSSi's!

We await the promised  response from the YDNP

The YDNP have responded to our letter:

They state as one reason

The proposal is for a major development on the Park boundary. It is highly visible from the

A65 and from Hellifield but would be seen as an extension of the village in those short range

views. Conversely it is very difficult to find a clear view of the site from within the Park. The

development will affect views from within the Park but in our judgement the impact would be

limited and localised

Just take a peak at the photograph where the sun chose that particular moment to shine through and highlight the site FROM a trail within the park and a local view point within the Park known as the Edge.

Note also, this view point was used by a planning inspector in his decision to dismiss an appeal to increase the size of the Gallaber caravan and trailer home park 

CPRE North Yorkshire are supporting Save OUR Craven Countryside - the local action group who campaign on behalf of residents with determination and dedication...

Some years ago Shaun Spiers, the former CEO of our national organisation visited the site and described it as "the wild west" when shown the site and the planning history.

Image courtesy of Save OUR Craven Countryside who are on facebook.


good article but somewhat contradicted by the Hellifield issue which wilst on the boundary, feeds into a declining SSSi



Richmondshire Local Authority is good...they frequently consult us regarding appications in the authority area

We examine all issues carefully and compare the appication to local comments received.

We have recently COMMENTED on an application at Silver Garth, in Richmond

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