Harden Neighbourhood Development Plan - Regulation 16 Consultation
9.3 Key view assessment
Harden Key Views Assessment for Harden Neighbourhood Plan
This document provides an assessment of key views in Harden that are included in Harden Neighbourhood Plan policy HNDP21 Key Views.
The views included in this policy have been suggested by members of the project group. In total around 20 views were suggested but the majority of these have been discounted due to lack of evidence or the extremely low probability that the views identified would be impacted by future development.
This assessment has been undertaken using the Wilsden Landscape Character Supplementary Planning Document and the Ryecroft Conservation Area Appraisal and is supported by images where possible.
1. View south from Harden Road
Coordinates from 53.84363, -1.85471 to 53.841509, -1.865748
View south over Harden Grange Farm (Listed stable block) towards Harden Beck, Ruin Bank Woods, and Cottingley Woods. Forming part of the Wilsden Landscape character area the view from here is that of a rolling valley incised by Harden Beck and up again to woodland to the south. Harden Beck, Ruin Bank Woods and Cottingley woods are all Local Wildlife Sites that contribute greatly to local visual amenity. This view is typical of the area and is a great example of the local landscape character. In view are farmed pastures with traditional stone wall boundaries set against a backdrop of the wider landscape and woodlands.
"Cottingley Woods form an important skyline in views from Airedale. They are a dominant element in the landscape and being positioned on the brow of the hillside, and as substantial wood inclines, they make an important contribution to the character of Airedale as well as that of Wilsden." From the Wilsden Landscape Character Supplementary Planning Document
'The view south east and south west from the parkland around the Bingley to Harden Road shows the wooded incline leading into the wooded valley which runs across the mixed upland pasture.' From the Wilsden Landscape Character Supplementary Planning Document.
2. View North from Harden Road
Coordinates 53.84508, -1.85169 to 53.84287, -1.85883
View north from Harden Road over Low Park towards St Ives and Cuckoo Nest. All three are Local Wildlife Sites that contribute greatly to local visual amenity. Again the topography being typical of the area providing views up the landscape northwards. In view are farmed pastures with traditional stone wall boundaries set against a backdrop of the wider landscape and woodlands of St Ives.
3. Panoramic view from Harden Moor
The panoramic view from Harden Moor looking east and south encapsulates the character of the Wilsden area, showing the wooded valleys running up to the three villages. Elevation and topography allows panoramic views over landscape towards other settlements. Harden Moor has three stone cairns that are scheduled monuments; one is a small ring cairn – a prehistoric ritual monument of 13m diameter and two smaller round cairns, which were burial mounds from the Bronze Age. The view south west over Catstones Moor, Hunter Hill Plantation (Bradford Wildlife Habitat Network sites) towards Cullingworth has been identified as a key view.
The view South towards Crag Wood, Goit Stock Wood and Harden Beck (Local Wildlife Sites and in the Bradford Wildlife Habitat Network) has also been identified as a key view.
4. Views south from Ryecroft
Listed as key views in the Ryecroft Conservation Area Appraisal and in the Wilsden Landscape Character SPD.
The view from Ryecroft Road near Catstones Hill south-west towards the mixed upland pasture of Lees Moor portrays the dominance of the field pattern in the landscape where the patchwork of stone walls stands out on the gently sloping terrain. This is a typical key characteristic of the local landscape.
5. View south from Long Lane towards Wilsden
Coordinates 53.838668739514986, -1.8790085684061433 and 53.83809378136715,
The elevation and topography provides uninterrupted views southwards, over Goit Stock Woods and Harden Beck towards Wilsden which incises the valley and then rises up again. The landscape is dominated by pasture which is divided by traditional stone walls and/or hedgerows and vegetation.