This is an archived press release
Thursday 16 June 2011
A public consultation has been launched to get the views of anyone with an interest in how the Peak District National Park develops over the next five years and beyond.
The Join Our Conversation consultation asks for comments on a draft new National Park Management Plan. The plan will be the main policy document that guides what will happen in the national park between 2012 and 2017.
The Peak District National Park Authority has been working with a range of organisations including farmers and land managers, local businesses, charities, voluntary and community groups, parish councils, tourism organisations, recreation user groups and local councils and other public organisations to produce the draft plan.
The public consultation is intended to get the views of an even wider group of people and continue the conversations that will led to a final plan being approved later this year.
Among the main changes in the draft new plan are:
- Doing more to support the local economy and communities
- Giving a bigger emphasis to supporting and promoting farming and land management
- Ensuring that climate change issues and managing the reduction of carbon emissions is integrated into all areas of work in the national park
- Maintaining the emphasis on protecting and improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and recreation opportunities
- Recognising the interaction of people, the landscape and the economy.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Although a policy document might not sound important what it will deliver will have an impact on the lives of every resident, business and visitor.
“So it is really important that we check that the ideas of all the groups and individuals who have been involved in writing the plan match the hopes and needs of everyone with an interest in the national park.
“This is not our plan. It is a shared plan for all the organisations and people in the national park so we are also keen to get commitments from different people and organisations to deliver the actions proposed in it.” The consultation document and an accompanying questionnaire can be seen by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmpconsultation The closing date for comments is 1 July.
Peak District visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and the Upper Derwent also have copies of the consultation documents and staff will be available to explain it and help people make responses.
Jim Dixon added: “It is very apt that at a time when we are celebrating the national park being 60 years old we are also looking to the future and to ways that we can continue making it a special place to live in, work in and visit.”