Over 500 km of tracks currently exist on the moorlands of the North Pennines. The North Pennines AONB Partnership has hosted a seminar to consider the impacts related to moorland track construction, location and management.
With a general appreciation by many people and organisations that track construction and management is a significant issue in the English uplands, there is a growing need and opportunity to share information and views on this subject.
Moorland Tracks and Access Roads Planning Guidance Note and Position Statement
The AONB Partnership has developed a planning guidance note for tracks and access roads within the AONB. The document sets out the issues and includes an explanation of the role of the AONB Partnership.
2009 Tracks Seminar
The North Pennines AONB Partnership, in collaboration with Natural England and the Moorland Association, held a seminar on the issues surrounding moorland track construction in 2009. This event was the first time that interested parties had been brought together to discuss this subject and the seminar topics ranged across the biodiversity, peatland management, planning and landscape issues surrounding tracks alongside moorland managers’ desire for track construction to aid management.
The seminar was well received by both the conservation and land managers sectors, with many important issues aired. Presentations on scientific research on the environmental impacts that track construction can have on peatlands and the planning issues surrounding track construction were particularly thought-provoking.
The presentations from this event and associated best practice documents can be accessed from this part of our website SeminarProgramme.pdf
1) Chris Woodley – Stewart, North Pennines AONB Partnership
2) Nick Mason, North Pennines AONB Partnership
3) Paul Illingworth, Northumbrian Water Ltd
4) John Barrett, Natural England
5) Anne Armitstead, Natural England
6) Andrew Coupar, Scottish Natural Heritage
7) Philip Lewis, England and Lyle, Chartered Town Planners
8) Richard Lindsay, University of East London
9) Martin Gillibrand, Moorland Association