Friday, 23 October 2015 10:19

Decision to extend national parks welcomed by Friends of the Lake District Featured

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The Government has finally confirmed both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks will be extended following a long running campaign. In January 2012 Natural England made two variation orders to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and a public inquiry was held in June 2013. After careful consideration of the variation orders and the Inspector’s report, the Secretary of State has decided to approve the extension of these National Parks.  The extensions will come into effect from 1 August 2016.

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The decision has been welcomed by Friends of the Lake District with Presiden Martin Holdgate saying " Of course we are delighted that the Secretary of State has finally confirmed the designation orders for the extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. These are, and always have been, areas of superb scenery that deserved National Park status years ago. Friends of the Lake District has worked for years to achieve this outcome, and we are pleased that our efforts have borne fruit but now everyone must work together to ensure we reap the benefits.’

Douglas Chalmers, Director of Friends of the Lake District continues “This really is a momentous decision, and one that reflects the wishes of many people. And now the real work starts. Everyone has been saying that designating this land will bring additional economic, environmental and community benefits to the area, and we now have to make sure that this happens."

Full details of the decision, along withy defiitive maps of the changes to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District boundaries are available through the UK Government's website.

 

Photo: John Holmes [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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