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We have objected to an application to erect more than half a mile of fencing on Westerdale Common in the North York Moors National Park.
The Graziers of High Blakey Moor have applied to the Planning Inspectorate for consent for the fence on common land to prevent sheep straying. The fence is on open country between Danby and Rosedale.
We have objected to the application because the fence will be an eyesore in the national park, in a landscape where the protection of natural beauty takes top priority. Also the fence will exclude walkers and riders from this land, where they have the right to go. No access points are to be provided.
The fence will be a physical and a psychological barrier to walkers and riders. It is a great pity that the applicants did not consult interested parties like the Open Spaces Society before forging ahead with their plans.