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Final consultation due on national park boundaries

Posted 31 January 2012
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Final consultation due on national park boundaries
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A final chance for the public to have its say on extending the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national park boundaries is being offered by Natural England.

Emails have been sent out to interested parties regarding the issue, following the signing of orders to expand the boundaries.

It means anyone wishing to write in support of the plans, or object, can do so until March 16th.

People who like to go walking in the affected areas may be interested in supporting the plans, which would extend national park environmental protection standards to upland areas such as the northern Howgills and Wild Boar Fell.

The upshot of the consultation could be confirmation of the expansion, although secretary of state Caroline Spelman could order a public enquiry.

Should all changes be approved, it will create an almost continuous stretch of national park land across a large swathe of northern England, with nothing more than the M6 motorway to separate the two at one stretch south of Tebay.

Objectors to the plan include Cumbria County Council, which argues it will take planning control over more areas away from elected officials and place it in the hands of quangos.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801279047-ADNFCR