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Sandstone Ridge tipped for natural beauty protection

25 June 2021

Natural England has proposed naming the Sandstone Ridge an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which would boost preservation efforts across the entire 89 square mile ridge.

Sandstone Ridge runs from Malpas to Frodsham and includes parts of Helsby, Kelsall, Winsford and Tarporley.

The organization nominated Sandstone Ridge to become an AONB on 24 June. The designation process will likely take several years, according to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Local stakeholders will be involved throughout what the department calls a “collaborative process.”

If Sandstone Ridge is named an AONB, development will become more difficult in the area. Any scheme will have to garner approval from either the local authority or the Secretary of State. They must also not have a significant impact on the landscape and its beauty. Should it not be possible to avoid affecting the site, developers will have to show they have a mitigation strategy to reduce the negative effects. This includes projects to add utility services and roads.

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