AS THE 50th anniversary year of the founding of the Yorkshire Dales National Park draws to an end, final preparations are being made to mark an event which, hopefully, will last for generations: the hunt to find the best buildings to be constructed in the park during the year.
Judges who have been scouring the area for several months have now come up with a short-list of developments which will go into the final stages of the competition nest spring.
In the past, some local residents have claimed that virtually all building was made nigh-on impossible thanks to over-strict planning regulations. This, in fact, is not true - the park authority actually approves most development - but the best building competition has been launched to demonstrate that good architecture can actually add to the landscape, rather than spoil it.
The short-list announced this week is:
Best new house(s) or extension - Lynchets, Conistone, and Listers Cottage, Malham.
Best conversion - Peggleswright, Dent; Kilnsey Old Hall; Guys Villas, Long Preston; Feetham Holme, Grinton.
Best new non-residential building -Bolton Abbey Estate Office and West Burton Village Hall.
Best new farm building - Raisgill Farm, Buckden; Bushy Lodge Farm, Starbotton.
Authority chairman Carl Lis commented: "The 50th anniversary year has been a landmark for the authority. In that time, it has achieved a lot in terms of its work preserving and caring for the Dales and the people and wildlife in it.
"I hope that the future will see more and more people becoming involved in the conservation of this beautiful part of the country."