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Chose the best new Dales building

Thursday 26 August 2004

A COMPETITION was launched yesterday to find the best new building in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – an area where, until recently, all new construction work was likely to meet with vocal opposition.

The fact that the competition has been launched by the national park authority (NPA) as part of its 50th birthday celebrations is in itself a sign of much changed thinking from the days when planning applications were received with long faces by either authority members or local residents.

Residents and visitors are being asked to name their favourite new buildings in the following categories:

  • Best new house or extension
  • Best conversion
  • Best new non-residential building
  • Best new agricultural building

But with the 6th September deadline looming large, people are being asked to get their nominations in as soon as possible.

"New buildings that have been carefully constructed, function well and reflect the character of the Dales help to maintain the special qualities of the National Park," said Cathy Bennett, 50th Anniversary Co-ordinator at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

"The aim of this competition is to highlight structures that are sympathetic to the stunning landscape and provide inspiration and guidance for those undertaking design and building projects in the future."

Nominations can be sent to Cathy Bennett, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Colvend, Grassington, BD23 5LB. Alternatively they can be emailed cathy.bennett@yorkshiredales.org.uk. They must include the address of the building, which category it is being nominated for and why it deserves an award.


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