Proposal for national park expansion confirmed

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Following two public consultations on a proposal by the UK government's Natural England organisation and a public inquiry in 2013 it has now been announced that the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales national park is to be extended.

The area of the national park will be increased by nearly a quarter in 2016 following an announcement by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss during a visit to Hawes in October 2015.

The news means the area covered by the national park will expand by nearly twenty five per cent while the nearby national park for the Lake District will increase by three per cent with total changes involving 188 square miles !

Extending the boundaries of these beautiful and internationally significant areas should provide a welcome boost for rural tourism, giving supporting rural businesses and potentially adding more to the millions already generated by visitors from the UK and abroad each year.

Park authority chairman Peter Charlesworth said: "We are thrilled and delighted these stunning landscapes have been recognised as worthy of national park status. The decision is particularly welcome after the tremendous work of so many people from these communities who fought so hard for national park status. It is marvellous that, even at a time of financial austerity, government have recognised the equality of these landscapes and designated as national park."

The authority's chief executive David Butterworth said: "Now the hard work starts. We will be listening to and learning from the local communities, farmers, landowners and businesses to enable us to develop productive, long-term relationships with all these parties. Working together with others, the National Park Authority is determined to play a leading part in making the most of the wonderful opportunities this decision offers for both the landscape and local economy."

The new boundary for the Yorkshire Dales National Park will now include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang to the north and, to the west, Barbon, Middleton, Casterton Fell and Leck Fell and areas of the Lune Valley.

[News item based on press release supplied by the The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, posted October 2015.]

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