This is an archived press release
Monday 20 June 2011
Anyone with views on how the Peak District National Park should develop over the next five years and beyond is being encouraged to have their say during a public consultation.
The Peak District National Park Authority began the Join Our Conversation consultation on a draft new National Park Management Plan in April and has received more than 70 responses already.
But the authority is keen to hear from even more people before the deadline on 1 July.
The plan will be the main policy document that guides what will happen in the national park between 2012 and 2017.
A draft plan has been produced by a range of organisations including farmers and land managers, local businesses, charities, voluntary and community groups, parish councils, tourism organisations, recreation user groups, local councils, public organisations and the Peak District National Park Authority.
The public consultation is intended to get the views of an even wider group of people and continue the conversations that will lead 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: “We are pleased with the response we have had to the survey so far but want to make sure that everyone who wants to has the opportunity to respond before the 1 July deadline.
“The National Park Management Plan is not an authority plan. It is designed to bring together all the people, businesses, charities and organisations that live, work or operate in the national park and get agreement on how we will all work together to make the area an even better place to live in, work in and visit.”
The consultation document and an accompanying questionnaire can be seen by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmpconsultation
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.