Landscape protection and character assessment

As a local planning authority, we play a key role in protecting the landscape. We aim to conserve and enhance wildlife resources, landscape features and the built environment.

By doing this, we can then counterbalance pressures for development in the district. In order to achieve our aims, we:

  • carry out our obligations under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and EC Habitat Regulations
  • carry out audits, maintain records, and promote policies to protect and enhance SSSIs and sites of local nature conservation importance
  • carry out landscape appraisals and identify the potential for landscape improvement and creation
  • adopt measures to safeguard special landscapes, historic parklands and historic battlefields
  • produce a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), in partnership with NYCC Heritage Unit
  • oversee local nature reserves, for example Barlow Common
  • help local communities produce village design statements to help guide future development and create local distinctiveness
  • provide advice on the protection and maintenance of listed buildings, including giving grants, designating and reviewing conservation areas and identifying and safeguarding buildings at risk

Landscape character assessment

You can view the landscape character assessment maps online. You can also view the document at our customer contact centre.