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Outdoor lovers to get say on national park plan

Posted 7 November 2011
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Outdoor lovers to get say on national park plan
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Those who like to grab their rucksacks and go walking, ride mountain bikes or put on their running shoes and jog round the hills may be among those wanting to have their say on a new plan for the North York Moors National Park.

National park bosses are drawing up a blueprint for the area aimed at replacing the old one dating from 2004, in order that from 2012 more relevant and contemporary priorities can be addressed.

Plans include trying to bring in an extra one million visitors, increased food production through extra crop growing and sheep grazing, conservation work on 50 scheduled monuments and 35 listed buildings to remove them from the at risk register, plant more woodland and "protect the tranquility and spiritual qualities of the park".

Chief executive of the authority Andy Wilson emphasised the importance of ensuring economic development does not spoil the qualities of the area.

He said: "The Authority would not want to sacrifice the tranquility and beauty of the Moors, which have given solace for thousands of years, for short term gain."

Comments can be offered up until December 23rd.

The North York Moors was designated a national park in 1952.