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Consultation on park expansion ends

Posted 18 March 2010
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Consultation on park expansion ends
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The public consultation on proposals to expand the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks has come to an end.

Yesterday (March 17th) was the final day for individuals and stakeholders in the areas concerned to offer their views to Natural England on the possible increase in area of the two national parks.

An increase in the size of the parks could open up new areas for tourism, which may encourage some to go walking or jump on a mountain bike there.

The six areas under consideration include two possible extensions to each national park and two zones that could be tacked on to either.

Cumbria County Council recently expressed its disagreement with the plans, taking the view that the Lake District did not need enlarging.

At present the Lake District occupies 2,292 sq km of land, while the Yorkshire Dales covers 1,769 sq km.

Posted by Brandon Egley