Better protected

Protection against inappropriate and over-development

National Parks contain some of our most beautiful countryside, treasured heritage and rare wildlife.  However, since they were first created in the 1950s, damaging planning proposals for mines, roads and other large scale developments have been allowed to go ahead, chipping away at their protected status.

We want National Parks to be protected against inappropriate and over-development which would compromise their beauty and special qualities. This means ensuring that the additional protection provided to them in planning policy is implemented, maintained and enhanced. 


We can't let major development ruin our National Parks - blog by our policy and research manager Ruth Bradshaw


In 2015 proposals for the world’s largest potash mine were given the go ahead in the North York Moors National Park – despite evidence of the huge impact this will have. We had been campaigning against this proposal for a number of years and want to make sure that National Parks are better protected against this type of development in the future.

Our work to make sure National Parks are better protected

Calling on the Government to demonstrate their commmitment to National Parks

Major development has a big impact on National Parks. We're working with the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Trust to find out how just how much it affects National Parks and what needs to be done to better protect the Parks. We commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to research 70 previous planning applications for major development in the National Parks. The findings were clear - even though the Parks have the highest level of planning protection, the Government’s drive for economic growth has led to a number of inappropriate major developments being granted permission both within the Parks and in their settings. As a result of this, we are now calling on the Government to demonstrate their commitment to protecting National Parks. Find out more here.


See the report: National Parks - Planning for the Future

See the report: An Examination of the Development and Implementation of Planning Policy Relating to Major Development in the English and Welsh National Parks by Sheffield Hallam University


Fighting off fracking

We're working to ensure that the most environmentally sensitive areas of the country are protected against fracking. Find out more here.

Calling for pylon free views

We’re campaigning to minimise the visual impact of pylons in National Parks. Find out more here.

Reducing the impact of roads

Whilst we’re campaigning to make sure that National Parks are well served by public transport, we’re also working to reduce the impact of roads in the Parks. Find out more here.