The geographical expansion of both The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks looks set to go ahead as Natural England’s Board have decided to proceed to a collective increase of over 500 kilometers squared.
The proposed variation includes:
- to the north, parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang
- to the west, Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune and, part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the river.
The proposed variation to the Lake District National Park includes:
- to the east, an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common
- to the south an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, and part of the Lyth Valley
Natural England’s recommendations are subject to confirmation by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and will be submitted by Natural England in the form of Variation Orders early next year.
What will this mean for occupants within these areas? In terms of planning consent, national park planning policy is much more stringent in terms of amount and type of development considered suitable. It may be prudent for residents to engage with a planning consultant as soon as possible to gain advice and assistance in order to achieve planning consent prior to the park being authorised.