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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

We've received notification that the TRO in place on Seggimire Lane will be kept indefinitely making the order permanent!


Monday, 14 May 2018 08:05

Stephen Butcher, mentor and motivator

It is, with great sadness, that we have to say farewell to Stephen Butcher, who died earlier this month.

Stephen was a motivator, a mentor and a someone who reminded CPRENorthYorkshire why we do what we do.  CPRENorthYorkshire will feel his loss deeply.

Stephen joined us in in 2009.  He brought expertise and passion to our group, advising us on issues from farming to wildlife to National Parks to planning.  Stephen was a gentleman with incredible humour and charm.  

There really are no words to describe this great campaigner for our countryside.  

From the Chair:

I will always smile at the memory of Stephen, he became a friend as well as mentor and motivator.  He inspired me and reminded me daily that our work had to continue with passion, dedication and determination.  There are not enough people like Stephen Butcher in this world.  When Stephen farmed in the Yorkshire dales, he would mark out the nests of lapwings and curlews in the fields with golf flags so that the fields were cut around the nests,  protecting the birds and their offspring.  No one could ever match Stephen Butchers passion and commitment.  

Stephen, we will remember you and I promise that we'll try to continue your desire to ensure that our  countryside is valued, enhanced and  protected!  You're totally forgiven for being late for every meeting and I'm sorry our biscuits and cakes were not up to scratch!  We're going to try to bring some of your charm and humour into countryside campaigning!

Thank you for every single thing you did for CPRENorthYorkshire.

Jules Marley, May 2018


Monday, 14 May 2018 07:35

The Biodiversity SUPERHIGHWAY!

The BBC today reported that our verges need help!

CPRE have been campaigning on this issue for years.  The verges of England form part of something called the biodiversity super highway or a transport links for wildlife to improve and maintain connectivity of species.

Where safe, CPRENorthYorkshire litter picks our lanes and roadside verges however, we can't go near busy A road verges due to 'Elf and safety".    This vital transport link to keep species of wildlife and flora thriving is much neglected.  Not only is this major biodiversity trunk road threated with litter from cars and cyclers, it's hacked by councils creating more stress.  We need to make sure visibility is maintained on our roads but this can be done with edge cutting, not the entire removal of the natural verge!


CPRENorthYorkshire have now commented on the latest in a long list of Local Plan, Management consultation and added their views to the latest Yorkshire Dales Management Plan Consultation for the period 2019-24

CPRENorthYorkshire have responded to the recent consultation in Richmondshire relating to the Spennithorne Conservation Area appraisal.

We are delighted to welcome a Beth Davies of 1 Vogage Limited to our bank of planning professionals - Beth specialises in conservation and was suitably qualified to reseach this project.

It's small yes but it's another one in a conservation area in Craven where once again we have checked the file, looked at the full history and found that the balance is tipped - the harm far outweighs any perceived benefits.  

Open countryside, out with development limits, heritage assets, foot paths ... heard it all before?

Local residents have contacted CPRENorthYorkshire regularly regarding Carleton, we have to listen to them as they keep coming back.  They report that there's also the outstanding issue of the application at Grundy Farm where a developer is trying to gain approval on a site within conservation area yet the same developer owns brownfield land in the same village with approved permission for 20+ housing.  Apparently the developer will not provide the 24 homes outside the conservation area on brownfield land if the council approve the four executive homes in the conservation area.... can this really be true?


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