AONB group oppose cable car plans

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 July 2012

Cheddar Gorge is where Longleat Estates is looking to build the cable cars

Cheddar Gorge is where Longleat Estates is looking to build the cable cars

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A GROUP set up to protect an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has spoken out against plans to install cable cars through part of a Somerset village.

A meeting of the Mendip Hills AONB partnership committee met to discuss concerns over the proposal by Longleat Estates to build cable cars through Cheddar Gorge.

In a statement issued about the cable cars, the group said: “It would be impossible for Longleat Estates’ current proposals to be implemented without changing the landscape character of the lower and upper gorge and detracting from its natural beauty.

“The Partnership Committee statement supports the recent National Trust statement regarding the cable car proposal, accepting that a cable car would change the natural beauty of the lower gorge and therefore is not compatible with the aims or designation of the AONB.”

A statement from Longleat Estates said: “We are naturally disappointed that the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership agrees with the position taken by the National Trust and that both organisations feel unable to support in principle the cable car project, and that they have taken this position before we have been able to share more detailed proposals with them.

“We are however continuing work on the project, and hope to be in a position to re-present more detailed proposals to key stakeholders and the community in the autumn.”

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