Give your views on future Peak District landscapes

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Tuesday 21 April 2009

21 April 2009

Give your views on future Peak District landscapes

How should we ensure that the Peak District National Park’s treasured landscapes are maintained and enhanced for future generations to enjoy?

Residents, parish councils, businesses, visitors and environmental groups are being invited to give their views by commenting on the National Park Authority’s draft Landscape Strategy and Action Plan.

Landscapes that draw visitors from around the world and support the livelihoods of 38,000 residents can be influenced by such factors as:

  • climate change, more extremes of flood and drought
  • increased traffic, more need for safety signs
  • demand for renewable energy sources and communications transmitters
  • changes in agriculture
  • industry such as quarrying
  • changes in tourism and recreation
  • demand for building land for housing and employment.

The strategy identifies eight types of landscape that embody the national park, from Dark Peak moors to White Peak valleys, from farmland to villages, and highlights priorities for protection, management and planning.

The action plan offers ways to put this into practice, for instance by:

  • continuing peat bog restoration
  • advising land-managers on ways to enhance the landscape
  • pressing for more power lines to be put underground
  • ensuring modern standards of quarry restoration
  • working with landowners on woodland enhancement
  • identifying priority areas for maintaining historic features such as the pattern of drystone walls.

National Park Authority landscape member representative Christopher Pennell said: “These are important documents that will shape the way we care for the special Peak District landscapes over the next 10 years. We would very much welcome people’s input into this process.”

The deadline for comments is May 15. The Landscape Strategy and Action Plan can be seen on or at the National Park Authority’s HQ, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE (tel: 01629 816200) in normal office hours.

Comments may be sent in writing to Garrie Tiedeman, Authority landscape architect at that address or by email to  

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