Thornseat Lodge is the crumbling but still imposing Victorian Gothic shooting Lodge on the edge of Bradfield Moors. Long neglected and in serious disrepair an application has been submitted to restore and convert it to five holiday lets. Although this [...]
Now that lockdown has eased somewhat, our office is now open again and at least one of us will be in the office each day. We’re still all working hard to protect the valuable landscapes of the Peak District and South Yorkshire. You can reach us all via our usual email addresses and we continue to use our website and social media to keep in touch with you. Please do follow us on the web, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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Safeguarding the landscape of Britain’s first national park
A Brief History
We began in 1924 as Sheffield Association for the Protection of Local Scenery. In 1927 we became a branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England representing Sheffield and the Peak District. There was no statutory planning control, no Green Belt, and the Peak District was not a national park.
Our first big success came in 1931, when we raised funds to buy the Longshaw Estate and save it from development. We handed it over to the National Trust for future preservation. In 1932 the first Town and Country Planning Act was passed, and six years later Sheffield introduced the very first plans to protect countryside from urban sprawl.
Take Back the Tracks
Since 2014 the Peak District National Park Authority has issued at least five permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) in order to ‘conserve nature and the quiet enjoyment of the wild landscape’. The bans are on Long Causeway, The Roych, Chapelgate, Leys Lane and Derby Lane, and all exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s but not wheelchairs or electric disability scooters and trampers.
The decisions all follow public consultations in which the Authority received thousands of responses, the majority supporting a vehicle ban in each case.
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