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.
A public inquiry was held in June 2013, to listen to the individuals affected by the proposals. The inquiry was led by Roy Foster. Further information about the inquiry and all the documents are available on the website, www.lakestodales.info. The inspector has submitted his report to the Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs. The decision on whether the Secretary of State will confirm or reject the Variation Orders is awaited.