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‘Inappropriate’ development in National Parks is alerted in report

by Paul Addison on December 14, 2016 No comments

Three key conservation bodies have published a report focusing on the threat to National Parks from major developments and fracking.

long-established safeguards are being overridden by Short-term economic priorities and allowing inappropriate development in England’s National Parks.

Sheffield Hallam University undertook the report which is based on research commissioned by:

  • The Campaign for National Parks,
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE),
  • The National Trust.

The national planning policy was to restrict ‘major development’ in National Parks was researched, which has protected these areas since they were created in the 1940s.

Included in the report of current threats to National Parks was the approval last year of the world’s largest potash mine (by volume) in the North York Moors National Park.

Other potentially menacing developments included in the report are:

  • Proposals for power lines to serve a new nuclear power station have surfaced, resulting in the Lake District National Park was bidding for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
  • An application for oil extraction next to an ancient woodland in the South Downs National Park.
  • Proposals to significantly widen roads that cut through the South Downs and Peak District National Parks.
  • Increased quarrying activities in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  • A large holiday complex on the south west edge of the Park.
  • The threat of fracking is pending over the South Downs, Exmoor, North York Moors and Peak District National Parks.

From the research, it was determined that the understandings of ‘major development’ varied between the National Parks.

It also concluded that with policy changes that were more in favor of economic growth, rather than environmental protection, the decisions to approve planning applications often reflected the attitude of the government.

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Paul Addison‘Inappropriate’ development in National Parks is alerted in report

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