Repairs planned for listed weir at risk of collapse at Studley Royal
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Last updated Apr 18, 2023
The historic weir at Studley Royal Water Garden
The historic weir at Studley Royal Water Garden.

The National Trust has applied for planning permission to carry out repairs to an ancient weir that is in danger of collapse.

The weir, to the north-east end of Studley Royal Water Garden, is a listed structure and forms part of the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey near Ripon.

The work will aim to stabilise the retaining walls around the weir, parts of which date back to the early 18th century. As part of its application on behalf of the National Trust, JBA Consulting said:

“The wall on the east side of the outfall is collapsing as a result of failure of its fabric, historic tree damage and past flood events, whilst the wall on the west side is collapsing as a result of intrusive root action from a nearby tree and past flood events.

“The proposed works are intended to stabilise the wall and repair the damage through installation of modern retaining walls which will be dressed using the stones saved from the extant walls. Following the repair, the walls will be reinstated to their former character and stabilised for the future.”

Part of the retaining wall is at risk of collapse

Part of the retaining wall is at risk of collapse.

The application said the footpath along the side of the river and the footbridge over it would remain open during the works.

However, access to the river bank may need to be restricted for safety reasons, it said. A temporary works area will be installed to the north of the river to store materials and allow a vehicle to be kept on site.

The application added:

“Without the proposed repair works there is the risk that the water from the outflow will continue to undermine the drystone wall leading to damage of the more formal dressed stone structure and the riverbank.

“There is also a risk of the mature tree on the bank above the south wall becoming unstable as the wall and earth bank behind it degrades further.”

The plans will be decided by North Yorkshire Council at a later date. To view or comment on the application, visit the planning pages of North Yorkshire Council’s website and use reference ZC23/01443/LB.


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