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Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks Boundary Review

Proposed extensions to the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary

The north west of England has some of the finest landscapes in the country. Many of these are already protected as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Natural England (NE) are the public body responsible for conserving and enhancing the natural environment in England. Following extensive research they have made legal orders (Variation Orders) for the area of countryside between the western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and eastern boundary of the Lake District National Park (M6 Lune valley corridor) to be designated as extensions to these National Parks.

Many people wonder what difference living in a national park might make. If you would like to find out more information on what it means to be in the Yorkshire Dales National Park the summary document, Desirability to Designate, explains more.

If you would like to find out more detail about the similarities and differences relating to planning, the summary document, Planning in a National Park explains more.

Proposed extensions and further information

The Variation Orders propose two extensions to the Yorkshire Dales National Park:

  • Yorkshire Dales North:
    Orton fells, Mallerstang and Wild Boar Fell, The Northern Howgills

  • Yorkshire Dales West
    Barbon, Leck and Middleton Fells, The Upper Lune Valley to the north of Kirkby Lonsdale

A detailed description of the areas under consideration, including maps of the areas being considered, and how the designation process works can be found on the Lakes to Dales Landscape Designation Project page of the Natural England website.

Public inquiry

Whilst many individuals within these areas are in support of the proposals, some of the local authorities affected by the proposal have made objections to the Variation Order(s). This means a public inquiry must be held for these views to be considered before the Secretary of State can make a decision whether to confirm the Orders or not.

The inquiry will open on Tuesday, 4 June 2013 Castle Green Hotel, Kendal and is expected to last for approximately 4 weeks. The inspector is Roy Foster. The inquiry is expected to be mainly in the form of an 'informal' hearing with round table discussions led by the Inspector, rather than a more 'formal', adversarial inquiry with cross-examination of opposing witnesses.  Further information about the inquiry and all documents are available on the inquiry website www.lakestodales.info.