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On the Meaning of Natural Beauty in Landscape Legislation

Selman, Paul and Swanwick, Carys (2010) On the Meaning of Natural Beauty in Landscape Legislation. Landscape Research, 35 (1). p. 3. ISSN 0142-6397

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The term ‘natural beauty’ has been an important criterion for designating and managing fine landscapes in the UK and elsewhere. However, its meaning has been assumed to be self-evident and has never been officially defined. Latterly, this has become problematic in relation to more critical contemporary understandings of ‘natural’, and legal challenges to the use of the term in practice. Based on an analysis of the antecedents to legislation for the protection of natural beauty, and of subsequent efforts to analyse and describe fine landscapes, this paper considers the contested use of ‘natural beauty’ in current landscape policy. It proposes an extended meaning for the term which is consistent with the intentions of the original legislators.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Landscape Research Group Ltd. Published by Taylor and Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Landscape Research'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: natural beauty, protected landscapes, landscape character, national parks, landscape legislation
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Landscape (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 10:25
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 08:01
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426390903407160
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/01426390903407160
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11121

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