Campaigns and policy

Autumn colours on Crummock Water (Michael Turner)

National Parks Manifesto: Parks need stronger protection and a fairer share of resources

"National Parks in the 21stCentury: A Manifesto for the next Westminster Government” argues that National Parks are essential to the nation’s health and well-being.

New fracking guidance emphasises the protection for National Parks

The Government has recently clarified its approach to planning for unconventional oil and gas, including the process known as fracking.

Threat to affordable housing in National Parks

We’ve recently argued that National Parks should be exempt from Government proposals which could significantly reduce the number of new affordable homes provided in rural areas.

PDNP (Tim Nicholson)

Next steps on road studies

Over the past few weeks, further information has been published about government studies which could lead to major new road proposals in National Parks.

Barns in the Yorkshire Dales

National Parks to be exempt from new barn conversion proposals

The Campaign for National Parks has welcomed today’s announcement that National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are to be exempt from proposals to allow barn conversions without planning permission by thanking the Planning Minister, Nick Boles, for listening to their concerns.

News release: Letter to Planning Minister Nick Boles MP

Exclude National Parks from barn conversion proposals

Ten charities have sent an open letter to Planning Minister Nick Boles MP, urging him to exempt National Parks from proposals to allow redundant barns to be converted into housing without planning permission.

North Tyne, NNP (Simon Fraser)

Biodiversity offsetting should not be allowed in National Parks

We’ve recently objected to Government proposals to allow developers to create new habitats elsewhere to compensate for loss of wildlife.

Field barns in the Yorkshire Dales

Proposals to make barn conversions easier will damage National Parks

Government proposals to make it easier to convert redundant agricultural buildings into homes could lead to the development of huge numbers of isolated dwellings in unsustainable locations and would not result in new homes for those who need them most.

Yr Aran reflected in Llyn Gwynant (John Starkey)

The Long View needs to be clearer

Taking the Long View, the Welsh Government’s policy statement on protected landscapes, needs to be strengthened and made much clearer.

National Grid line inspections

Another positive step for pylon free views

We’ve recently responded to National Grid’s consultation on a draft policy for prioritising the lines that will receive funding from the £500 million allowance now available for reducing the visual impact of pylons and transmission lines in protected landscapes. 

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