Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Yorkshire Wolds - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

Recent applications for wind turbines in several areas of the Yorkshire Wolds have opened a debate on how this special part of Yorkshire could be protected from inappropriate development. One suggestion is that official designation for the Wolds to classed as an ""Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" (AONB) should be sought. This status offers some statutory protection of the features that make areas special. Information on this can be found on the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty's website at - NAAONB Website.

One fact I found on the website was that the UK has 46 AONB. I've travelled the length and breadth of the country and I do believe that the Yorkshire Wolds is certainly as "outstanding" as many of the other areas classed as such. Maybe it is time to seek the protection for this unique part of Yorkshire so that any development is sustainable and fits with a coherent vision of what we want this area to remain and become.  The success of any campaign for AONB status will depend on having broad based support and not being driven by a single issue. It needs to be remembered and considered that every Pro has a Con.

The answer to the question in the title is that the Yorkshire Wolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The issue is whether legal recognition is needed to keep it that way.

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