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Saturday, 23 July 2016

National park has designs on good building in North York Moors

An awards scheme that recognises developments that enhance the character of the North York Moors national park is once again open for entries.

The 2016 Design Awards, sponsored by artisan glassmakers Gillies Jones, showcase the great design work in the area. The winner of each category will receive a commemorative glass bowl from Gillies Jones. The event, held every two years, celebrates the positive contribution that good design can have on local communities.

The scheme recognises and rewards outstanding development where extra thought and care to materials, workmanship and the like has been taken. It also aims to inspire excellence in the design of new buildings within the sensitive landscapes of the national park.

Coordinator and planning officer Ailsa Teasdale said: “The quality of the buildings in the North York Moors and the character of the area’s villages and hamlets are an important part of the national park’s charm and appeal.

"The authority works with local people, developers and businesses to strike a balance between conserving and enhancing these important features while meeting the development needs of local communities.

"The Design Awards were set up to highlight new buildings and developments that have successfully achieved this. During these austere times the authority believes that it is important to celebrate instances where applicants and developers have still paid attention to the finer details to achieve exemplary schemes which help to shape the communities of the future.”

Nominations are invited in the categories for the best new dwelling, best extension or alteration to an existing dwelling, best conversion and best non-residential building completed within the national park within the past five years.

Applications will be assessed against a range of criteria including the appearance, landscaping, sustainability and design quality of the development as well as its overall contribution to the landscape setting of the national park. In all cases, projects will need to reflect the general principles of good design which are set out in the national park authority’s design guide.

Entries can be submitted by anyone who considers a scheme suitable for an award including owners, architects, designers, organisations or any member of the public. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 2 August. Further details, entry forms and the design guide can found at or by calling 01439 772700.

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