Local people are being invited to have their say about a draft Conservation Area appraisal drawn up to identify and assess the special interest of the village of Askrigg in Wensleydale.
Although Askrigg Conservation Area was officially designated by North Yorkshire County Council in 1987, it was done without any sort of appraisal. The draft appraisal now published sets out in detail the buildings, features and character that make Askrigg so special. It also identifies ways to conserve and enhance that character and proposes a revision of the Conservation Area boundary.
Julie Martin, the Authority’s Member Champion for Cultural Heritage, said:
“This is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated analysis of the historic character of the village of Askrigg, which has long been one of my favourite places in Wensleydale. The village has a very strong and individual sense of place, and this is one of its key attractions. This new document will be an important reference source for years to come. We very much hope that the local community will read the draft appraisal and let us have their comments. We would especially love to hear local views on how best to manage, conserve and enhance the village’s numerous fine buildings and their stunning landscape setting”.
The document is now publicly available for inspection so that people can voice their opinions and provide feedback about the appraisal. The draft appraisal and feedback form can be accessed online here.
Paper copies of the document are available at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority office (Yoredale, Bainbridge, DL8 3EL. Phone: 0300 456 0030) and with the Askrigg Parish Clerk (please call 01969 650909 or 07917 165204 to make arrangements). The public consultation period ends on 2 January 2022.
Askrigg is one of 47 Conservation Areas within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It was designated in 1987. 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.