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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.

Selling the Sun - Project Wild Thing

Young Champion, Marianne, reviews the new Project Wild Thing film.

News from Around the Parks Autumn 2013 publication

The latest edition of News from Around the Parks is available to download.

Mosaic Community Champion wins UK Volunteer of the Year

Mosaic Community Champion and Peak District volunteer Dr. Chamu Kuppuswamy has been selected as the winner of the Individual category of the UK National Parks Volunteer Awards. 

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.

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.

Mosaic Community Champions enjoy a change of scenery in Snowdonia

Slate, sheep and the stunning scenery of Snowdonia provided an inspirational backdrop for volunteers from Newport, Cardiff, Wrexham, Bangor, Barry and Swansea on the latest stage of their discovery of National Parks in Wales.


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.

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. 

Concerns about Atlantic Array wind farm registered

After several years of planning and consultation, the application for the Atlantic Array wind farm was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate in July 2013 and the formal examination will take place in the next few months.