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Give your views on countryside

This is an archived press release

Thursday 20 December 2007

20 December 2007

Give your views on countryside future

Residents, parish councils and environmental groups are being asked to comment on the first part of a strategy that will decide how the Peak District countryside develops in the future.

The Peak District National Park Authority has examined the landscape to identify the common natural and cultural features of different parts of the Peak District countryside, including the White Peak, Dark Peak and South West Peak.

This has been used to create a landscape character assessment, which defines different types and areas of the countryside.

A public consultation is now being held until Monday 21 January 2008 where residents, parish councils and environmental groups can give their views on the accuracy of the assessment and have their say about improvements that can be made.

The views from the public consultation will be used to help write a landscape strategy. This will identify what the Peak District countryside is like now and how the authority would like to see it develop in the future.

Garrie Tiedeman, landscape architect for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “These are important documents that will shape the way we care for the Peak District countryside over the next 25 years.

“The strategy will outline the types of future land uses that are acceptable and those that we do not want to see so it is important that residents, parish councils and statutory bodies have their say at all stages throughout this process.

“During the public consultation we want to get general views from the public about how they would like the Peak District countryside to develop and evolve over the next 25 years. But we also have some specific questions that we would like them to answer about the landscape character assessment itself.”

A copy of the consultation document can be found by visiting the Peak District National Park Authority website at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/lca It can also be seen in the reception area at Aldern House, the authority’s offices in Baslow Road, Bakewell.

Comments can be made until 21 January 2008 by writing to Garrie Tiedeman at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AE or emailing him at  garrie.tiedeman@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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