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Capita Symonds Appointed to North Yorkshire Project

24 June 2011

North Yorkshire County Council

Capita Symonds has been appointed by North Yorkshire County Council to provide multidisciplinary services on a research project that will inform the preparation of the North Yorkshire Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF). 

Working in partnership with the County Council, English Heritage is acting as sponsor for the project through its National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme. English Heritage’s involvement is in support of new research and policies which deliver sustainable management of the historic environment. 

The principal aim of the ‘Managing Landscape Change’ project will be to develop an environmental evidence base from which to assess environmental sensitivities and capacity to inform a spatial planning strategy for the extraction of minerals within North Yorkshire. The outputs will be used in the development of strategic minerals planning policy, with the aim of minimising adverse effects on the natural and historic environments. 

Capita Symonds will be advising on historic environment, biodiversity and landscape data, together with data about the mineral producing geologies of North Yorkshire. The team will also be working with archaeology specialists Oxford Archaeology.

The project will specifically involve the collation and GIS mapping of a number of existing environmental datasets, followed by the selection of a number of sample areas for further detailed assessment through desk-based review, field visits, landform element classification, land-use mapping, characterisation and topographical modelling.

This will be followed by analysis of each sample area to describe key environmental characteristics and significance as well as the preparation of a short environmental research framework which, will lead to the production of advice and guidance, to guide implementation of environmental policy within the North Yorkshire MWDF. Project outputs will include a final, illustrated report and interactive digital resource and archive.

Barry Pilkington, Operations Director at Capita Symonds, said: “The team demonstrated an innovative approach to delivery of the varied aspects of the project which are broader in scope than the archaeological resource assessment of aggregate area projects which have been undertaken in some other local authority areas.”