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Bainbridge, 12 March, 2018

An ambitious five-year programme of work in the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been published for public consultation.

A year in the making, the ‘National Park Management Plan 2019-2024’ contains detailed objectives on farming and land management, economic regeneration and public rights of way.

It has been shaped by an initial ‘Your Dales, Your Views’  public consultation last summer and by the Government’s 8-point plan for England’s National Parks.

A steering group made up of 16 public, private and voluntary sector organisations (see below) is responsible for producing the Plan.  The consultation will run for seven weeks until 30 April.

Steering group member, Yvonne Peacock, who is the Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said:  “We have listened carefully to the views of local people and all those with an interest in the Park, and we have come up with a management plan which – when carried out – will make the Yorkshire Dales National Park a better place to live and work and visit.

“Last summer’s public consultation was the start of the process to create the new plan.  ‘Community sustainability’, the future of farming after Brexit and wildlife crime came out as the top three concerns of the public. In the new plan you will see several objectives related to these issues.  

“It is entirely possible that something has been missed, or that the objectives that have emerged need to be tweaked.  That’s what this second consultation is about.  We’d like to hear the views of individuals, businesses and other organisations before finalising the plan.”

The new plan is organised in the same way as the current plan (2013-2018), with the objectives arranged under the six parts of the vision for the National Park.

Steering group chairman Carl Lis added:  “Quite a number of the objectives – for instance on peat bog restoration, tree planting and raising the standard of public rights of way – are designed to build on the successes of the past five years.

“Other objectives – on farming, dark skies, attracting families, transport and broadband – are new and very ambitious.  For instance, a date of 2021 has been set for the development of a ‘fully-costed, locally-tailored, locally-delivered, outcome-focused environmental land management scheme’ for the Park.

“The County Councils will be leading on another new objective – to connect Grassington, Hawes, Reeth and Sedbergh, to hyperfast, fibre-to-the-premises broadband by 2023.”

Steering group member Dan Hudson, who is Development Strategy and Housing Manager at South Lakeland District Council, said:  “The plan is the result of genuine partnership working and ‘joined-up thinking’ across public, private and voluntary organisations.  There are some big challenges that we need to face up to but there is also much in it to get excited about.  I hope people will engage constructively to help us improve it further.”  

The 16 organisations on the National Park Management Plan 2018-2024 steering group are:

Craven District Council

Dales Farmer Network (Yorkshire)

Dales Farmer Network (Cumbria and Lancashire)

Dales Rural Estates (Yorkshire)

Dales Rural Estates (Cumbria and Lancashire)

Dales Tourism Businesses (Yorkshire)

Dales Tourism Businesses (Cumbria and Lancashire)

Eden District Council

Environment Agency

Forestry Commission

Lancaster City Council

Natural England

Richmondshire District Council

South Lakeland District Council

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

The new Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan (NPMP) is the fourth such five-year plan.   Management Plans are a requirement of the 1995 Environment Act.

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