Have your say and help shape your Peak District National Park
Friday 16 June 2017
People who care for the Peak District National Park, whose work shapes and protects its iconic landscapes or who enjoy its benefits, are invited to take part in a public consultation.
The consultation asks what people think about the Peak District National Park’s special qualities and how these are represented in the National Park Management Plan. It also asks if eight areas of impact identified in the new plan are the best themes to focus on.
The National Park Management Plan is a plan for the place and for the people who live and work in the Peak District National Park and for visitors. It encourages everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities for the benefit of all.
It is not a plan for an individual organisation or group but a partnership plan for the place. It describes for everyone what the main issues and priorities are. It then sets out how, together, those issues are going to be tackled over the next five years.
The call to join in the consultation, and help shape how the Peak District National Park is managed, comes from the management plan advisory group.
This group is independently chaired by Dianne Jeffrey who said: “We want to know if people think we are focusing on the right issues so we are asking people to join in at an early stage of updating the management plan.
"Our consultation document introduces eight special qualities and eight areas of impact where we would like to focus our work over the next five years. We believe these define what is special about the Peak District National Park and where we believe we can make the biggest difference to some of the key issues currently affecting it.”
The special qualities people are being asked to comment on include the character of the landscape; the diversity of internationally important and locally distinctive habitats and species; tranquility and dark skies; strong communities with local traditions/customs; cultural heritage; the opportunity for escape and adventure; and benefits that are felt beyond the area – clean air, clean water and flood prevention.
The eight areas of impact people are being asked about are accessibility for all, health and well-being; political and financial support for the Peak District National Park; encouraging enjoyment with understanding and responsibility; adapting to climate change; public benefits of nature now and for the future; farming and land management; landscape conservation; and supporting the rural economy and sustainable communities.
Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park said: “The comments we receive will help shape the National Park Management Plan 2018-23 so please take this opportunity to share with us your ideas of how to enhance this special place. I also encourage you to share this consultation document with colleagues, friends and anyone else who you know has a passion for the Peak District National Park.”
The consultation questions can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmpconsultation.
The survey is open to all and is available from 19 June to midnight on 31 July, 2017.
Photo copyright: Chris Gilbert.