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Update on Lakes to Dales National Park Extensions

June 22, 2013
This from Friends of the Lake District

Here’s an update on the Lakes to Dales National Park Extensions Campaign


The public inquiry to hear objections and supporting comments on the proposed extensions to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks finished on 12 June 2013. We managed the key supporters’ group at the Inquiry, representing local businesses, farmers and land owners, recreational groups and Town and Parish Councils.

The good news is that we feel the public inquiry went extremely well, however we know more work is needed to make sure these extensions actually happen. The Inquiry heard evidence that is compelling:


·         The outstanding beauty, wildlife, heritage and recreational value of each of the extension areas easily meet the criteria to become part of a National Park.

·         National Park status is good news for the economy and businesses in and adjacent to these sparse rural areas.


·         The additional resources (direct and indirect), expertise, positive planning, partnership working and integrated land management provided by the National Park Authorities adds value to what is currently in place.


·         This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand two of the finest landscapes in the country, and indeed, the world!

But compelling arguments are not always enough. The next stage is publication of the independent Inspector’s Report, which goes to the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). In such political arenas delays, U-turns and unpredictable decision making are always quite possible! Additionally, a potential legal challenge could be mounted against a decision by the Secretary of State to confirm (or not) the extensions. This could significantly delay or prevent the National Park extensions.


We will, however, have to keep up the pressure to make sure the Government makes the right decision for the reasons set out above. To help us achieve this ambition and safeguard the future landscapes of these most wonderful National Parks, please consider giving us a donation to support the Lakes to Dales Campaign.

Together with your support and help we can realise this ‘unfinished business’ going back over 60 years, to finally draw the correct boundaries on the eastern side of the Lake District and western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.


Once we have succeeded, any money left in the Lakes to Dales Campaign fund will be invested through our environmental grants. These will support conservation projects in the extension areas, such as improving habitats for wildlife and restoring characteristic features like dry stone walls and lime kilns.


Thank you for your support


Yours sincerely

Jack Ellerby
Policy Officer


PS every donation, no matter how large or small is important to us – please give today while it is still fresh in your mind.

Friends of the Lake District is the only charity solely dedicated to protecting Cumbria’s landscapes for future generations. Help us continue to protect and care for this outstandingly beautiful area.

You can also continue to help us by making a donation, buying gifts from our online shop, buying a gift membership for a loved one, or leaving a legacy

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Lake District

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Kendal, Cumbria

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FLD is a registered charity No. 1100759
Friends of the Lake District is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 4878364




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