By 2020, produce a simplified and updated Landscape Character Assessment for the National Park, and use it to support initiatives, policies and plans to enhance local distinctiveness and promote positive landscape change.
Progress: Simplified and updated Landscape Character Assessment produced, and adopted by the National Park Authority in March 2020.
Press releases & related articles:
17 November 2020 – Major Dales landscapes study published
Rationale: The existing Landscape Character Assessment for the National Park is dated (2002) and does not cover the new area brought into the Park in 2016. An updated and simplified assessment could be used to promote local distinctiveness, assess development capacity around settlements, inform large scale development proposals, inform a new local environmental land management scheme, and encourage development and funding for landscape-scale projects.
Lead partner: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Supporting partners: Natural England
Further information: YDNPA – Landscape Character Assessment
Cost over 5 years: £30,000
Funding shortfall: None
Ecosystem services: Sense of place and inspiration; Sense of history; Tranquillity; Geodiversity
Trade-offs: None. The Landscape Character Assessment is a tool for informing judgements about trade-offs, ensuring that a variety of projects and programmes can be carried out in a way that has a positive impact on landscape character.
Baseline: Landscape Character Assessment 2001.