Harrogate Borough Council is currently consulting on a proposed extension of the Buffer Zone around Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. They write:

Since 2001 the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal WHS Management Plan has proposed a buffer zone. The purpose of a buffer zone is to ensure that proposals for development take into account any potential impact on the outstanding universal value of the WHS and its setting. In 2011, as part of work to draft new planning policies for managing development, the Council consulted on draft Policy EQ4, which includes protection for the WHS and its buffer zone. As a result of consultation responses a change to the buffer zone boundary is suggested to include an additional area of land. The Council would like to hear your views on the revised buffer zone boundary and associated changes to Draft Policy EQ4: Designated Assets before 4:30pm on 25 May 2012. The buffer zone previously consulted on includes a large area around the WHS. It is now proposed that this area be extended to include the important vista from the WHS to Ripon Cathedral and to Blois Hall Farm.

To see their map and find out how to respond please visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/ldfconsult