Askrigg Conservation Area
Askrigg is one of 47 conservation areas within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It was designated in 1987.
A draft appraisal for the Askrigg Conservation Area has been produced, which is now available for public consultation. A conservation area appraisal is designed to highlight what is architecturally or historically important about a designated area, to identify any problems within it and to assess whether its boundary is still appropriate.
The link provided here includes an online feedback form. We would like to hear your views about what is important about Askrigg, the problems facing the village, as well as your suggestions for potential improvement.
Paper copies of the document are available at the National Park office in Bainbridge (Yoredale, DL8 3EL; phone: 0300 4560030) and with the Parish Clerk (please call 01969 650909 or 07917 165204 to make arrangements).
Please respond by 02 January 2022.
The technical definition of a conservation area is ‘an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’ (Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. There are currently 47 Conservation Areas designated by the National Park Authority or its predecessor rural district council.
There are significant benefits to conservation area status, it is in essence a recognition of the individual character of a place. Whilst it is not a barrier to change, Conservation Area designation helps to ensure that future changes respect the area’s character and appearance and enhance the local environment.
If you live in or run a business from a property in a conservation area you may need permission from the Authority before making alterations such as cladding, inserting windows, installing satellite dishes and solar panels, adding conservatories or other extensions, laying paving or building walls. It is advisable to contact the Authority before making arrangements to start any work. Planning permission is required for the demolition of building within a conservation area.
If you are planning to cut down a tree or doing any pruning work inside a Conservation Area you must notify the Authority 6 weeks in advance. This is to provide time to assess the contribution the tree makes to the character of the conservation area and assess whether the works would damage this.
Most conservation areas are centred on towns or villages although three are unusually extensive and cover areas along the Settle Carlisle railway and extensive parts of Swaledale and Littondale:
- the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (red line);
- the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Barns and Walls Conservation Area (grey shading with Gunnerside in its centre);
- Littondale Barns and Walls Conservation Area (grey shading to the left of Starbotton).
As a local planning authority we are required to designate conservation areas, having regard to views of the local community and then keep their boundaries under review thereafter.
Every conservation area has a distinctive character which has been shaped over time by its natural and man-made surroundings. Most of the Conservation areas in the National Park have been appraised to evaluate and record their special interest and inform opportunities for beneficial change.
Conservation area appraisals produced since 2010 also include management proposals for their preservation and enhancement. We encourage communities and stakeholders to take care of their conservation areas and the built historic environment they live or work in. The Authority maintains a small budget to fund enhancement works to Conservation Areas.
Click on the links below to download our adopted conservation area appraisals:
- Arncliffe Conservation Area Appraisal
- Bainbridge Conservation Area Appraisal
- Buckden Conservation Area Appraisal
- Carperby Conservation Area Appraisal
- Castle Bolton Conservation Area Appraisal
- Clapham Conservation Area Appraisal
- Dent Conservation Area Appraisal – main text, Dent – appendix A: maps, Dent – appendix B: lists
- Downholme Conservation Area Appraisal, designation map, public notice of designation
- East Witton Conservation Area Appraisal
- Farfield Mill Conservation Area Appraisal
- Gayle Conservation Area Appraisal
- Great Asby Conservation Area Appraisal
- Gunnerside Conservation Area Appraisal
- Hebden Conservation Area Appraisal
- Hubberholme Conservation Area Appraisal
- Kettlewell Conservation Area Appraisal
- Kirkby Lonsdale Conservation Area Appraisal, designation map
- Langcliffe Conservation Area Appraisal
- Linton Conservation Area Appraisal
- Long Preston Conservation Area Appraisal
- Muker Conservation Area Appraisal
- Orton Conservation Area Appraisal
- Ravenstonedale Conservation Area Appraisal
- Reeth Conservation Area Appraisal
- Sedbergh Conservation Area Appraisal – main text, Sedbergh – appendix A: maps, Sedbergh – appendix B: lists
- Settle Conservation Area Appraisal
- Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area Appraisal
- Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Conservation Area Appraisal
- Starbotton Conservation Area Appraisal
- Thwaite Conservation Area Appraisal
- West Burton Conservation Area Appraisal