Funding helps shape landscape

THE COUNTY’S landscape is set to be shaped by a new £90,000 initiative that will map the geology of the area.

As one of the largest mineral producing areas in the country, North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is currently preparing its Mineral Core Strategy, a long term plan for sustainable mineral working.

The supply of valuable minerals hidden below the ground in North Yorkshire is currently a hot topic due to the explorations for the York Potash project, and now it appears NYCC is hoping to get a headstart on future developments.

The funding from English Heritage will ensure that historic environments, landscape and biodiversity are taken into account in future minerals policy.

County coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for countryside services, said: “The funding from English Heritage will help the council plan the long term future of our iconic landscape which we - and the many visitors to our county - appreciate, as well as boosting the future local economy.

“It’s good to see local and national organisations working in partnership so well, pooling resources to provide such important public and environmental benefits.”

NYCC’s countryside service and minerals planning team will be working with consultants Capita Symonds Ltd and Oxford Archaeology to undertake the project, which will run until February 2012.