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2012 press releases

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Search for independent chair of advisory group
An independent chair is being sought for an advisory group that oversees a plan to manage and improve the Peak District National Park.
4 January 2012

50,000th cyclist on the Monsal Trail
The re-opening of the tunnels on the Monsal Trail is proving to be an all-round success.
6 January 2012

Search for new member to join Peak District National Park Authority
Applications are being sought for a new member to sit on the governing body of the Peak District National Park Authority.
11 January 2012

New award for Peak District knowledge helps keep the National Park special
Peak District youngsters are showing they know what is special in the National Park by achieving a new award.
12 January 2012

Redevelopment plan turned down for cheese factory site
Proposals to redevelop a former cheese factory site at Hartington have been unanimously turned down by Peak District National Park planning committee.
16 January 2012

Wind turbine proposal ‘too tall’ for national park
A planning application for a wind turbine has been turned down as too large for the protected landscape of the Peak District National Park.
2 February 2012

Twelve new affordable homes approved to help families in Grindleford
The Peak District National Park Authority has unanimously approved plans for 12 new affordable homes to help local families in Grindleford.
18 January 2012

Small grant scheme to help rural businesses in NE Peak
Rural businesses between the Peak District, Sheffield and Barnsley can benefit from a small grant scheme to help them get off the ground.
17 January 2012

Surprise! Prime spot to view the stars in the Peak District National Park
An accessible site in the Peak District National Park has been named one of the best stargazing spots in the country by leading astronomers.
18 January 2012

Come and meet us
National park residents in Cheshire and Staffordshire are being invited to meet members and senior officers of the Peak District National Park Authority.
23 January 2012

Planning information at your fingertips
New website pages have been created by the Peak District National Park Authority to make it easier for residents to make or comment on a planning application.
24 January 2012

Explore the national park by bus or train
Free leaflets have been produced to encourage people to visit two Peak District National Park villages by bus and train.
24 January 2012

Millers Dale future plans to be reconsidered
Different options to bring further investment into the former Millers Dale station site on the Monsal Trail are to be considered by the Peak District National Park Authority.
27 January 2012

Help needed to hunt for Orion over the Peak District
People are being asked to help monitor the impact of light pollution as they scour the heavens for Orion the hunter over the Peak District.
2 February 2012

Ilam residents can have their say on update of conservation area
The people of Ilam have the chance to comment on a draft update of Ilam Conservation Area, originally designated in 1977.
9 February 2012

Decision on heritage centre and business park moves a step closer
Plans for the redevelopment of a rural business park have passed the first hurdle to getting planning permission from the Peak District National Park Authority.
12 February 2012

Demand for firewood puts trees at risk
Tree experts at the Peak District National Park Authority are urging national park residents to contact them before starting any tree work on their property.
24 February 2012

Royal reception for Peak District's outstanding volunteers
Volunteers who have given many years outstanding service to the Peak District National Park will be treated to a royal reception with HRH the Prince of Wales today (Fri Feb 24).
24 February 2012

Green grants support projects from the Iron Age to the future
Innovative projects from an Iron Age round house to a new suite of folk music based on the Peak District will get the go-ahead thanks to grants from the Peak District Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).
29 February 2012

Schools’ climate change research on Peak District moors
Hundreds of secondary school students will conduct climate change research on the Peak District and Pennine moors from March 9-19, 2012.
5 March 2012

Join the hunt for Orion over the Peak District
Stargazers are being asked to look out for Orion the hunter in the night sky over the Peak District from March 10-17 after cloudy weather impeded last month’s survey.
5 March 2012

Permission granted for three cottages to be converted to holiday accommodation
An application to turn three grade II listed cottages in Beeley into six en-suite letting rooms has been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee.
9 March 2012

Peak District project wins prestigious archaeological award
The investigation of an Iron Age hillfort at Fin Cop in the Peak District has won top honours as Research Excavation of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards 2012.
13 March 2012

Reach your Active Peak in English Tourism Week
Visitors and local people alike can find out how to get fit in the Peak District, thanks to the new Active Peak campaign launched during the first-ever English Tourism Week (March 10–18).
13 March 2012

People’s views sought on future governance of national parks
The Government is proposing changes to the way national park authorities are governed in order to increase local accountability – and it wants to hear people’s views.
15 March 2012

Action on Green Lanes and Impacts of Off-Roaders in the Peak District National Park
Action plans agreed today (March 23) set out details of how the impact of recreational 4x4 vehicles and trail bikes will be managed on unsealed routes and off road in the Peak District National Park over the next 12 months.
23 March 2012

Step by step approach to future of North Lees estate and Stanage
The Peak District National Park Authority is to take carefully considered steps towards well-informed decisions on the future of its North Lees estate and Stanage Edge.
26 March 2012

Warning over moorland fire risk in the Peak District
Signs warning people to take extra care to prevent fires are going up this week on moorland sites in the Peak District.
28 March 2012

Stoney Middleton business park redevelopment approved
Plans for a £3.5 million redevelopment of a rural business park have today (Friday 30 March) been approved by the Peak District National Park Authority.
30 March 2012

Views sought on update of Alport Conservation Area
The people of Alport have the chance to comment on an update of their conservation area, first designated in 1982.
5 April 2012

Grant helps city children learn how to be greener and save water
Hundreds of children from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Kirklees will learn about living in ways that are good for the environment thanks to a grant from the Peak District National Park's Sustainable Development Fund.
5 April 2012

National park quarry extension refused
A company has been refused permission to extend an existing quarry in return for giving up the rights to work at Stanton Moor, a Bronze Age archaeological site.
13 April 2012

Cycling relay to pass through national park
A trail in the Peak District National Park will be used as part of a three day relay cycling event to mark 100 days before the Olympic Games starts.
18 April 2012

Snap up a prize in national parks photo competition
Take only pictures, leave only footprints – good advice to photographers everywhere, but especially in a national park where perfect pictures could win prizes.
18 April 2012

Caravan site being bought to help protect the environment
A caravan site is being bought by the Peak District National Park Authority to help prevent harm to the landscape.
19 April 2012

Chance to talk to planners in Castleton
Peak District National Park planners will be answering residents’ queries at an evening planning surgery in Castleton on Wednesday May 2.
19 April 2012

Kinder Mass Trespass 80 Celebrations
A week of nearly 30 walks, talks and other events in and around the Peak District is planned to mark the 80th anniversary of the Mass Trespass.
20 April 2012

Peak District organisations condemn destruction of goshawk nest
Five leading land management and conservation organisations in the Peak District National Park have condemned the destruction of a goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley.
10 May 2012

Funding boost helps Peak District trails blossom with wildflowers
The banks of the Tissington and High Peak trails in the Peak District National Park are blooming with wildflowers thanks to help from SITA Trust.
14 May 2012

Farmers, businesses and communities work together for future of Peak District National Park
Local farmers, business people, environmentalists and community leaders took a farmland walk by the River Dove to launch a new five-year Peak District National Park Management Plan.
21 May 2012

Derwent Dams Shuttle on the road
A community transport organisation is running a popular bus to the Derwent Dams funded by the Peak District National Park Authority.
22 May 2012

Green lanes to be considered for traffic regulation consultation
Statutory bodies and recreational user groups are being consulted about whether traffic restrictions should be placed on two sensitive Peak District National Park green lanes.
24 May 2012

Independent people sought to fulfil governance role
Applications are being sought for two independent people to play a key role in the governance of the Peak District National Park Authority.
25 May 2012

Celebrating the spoken history of the Dark Peak moors
An audio archive recording the voices and memories of people who lived and worked on or visited the Peak District moors is now available to view at two local towns.
31 May 2012

Peak District National Park Authority welcomes new members
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed seven new members to its governing body.
1 June 2012

On the trail of glow worms in the Peak District and Derbyshire
The public are being asked to help naturalists discover where glow worms live across the Peak District and Derbyshire.
6 June 2012

Have your say on new policy for sustainable buildings and renewable energy
Residents, community groups and businesses are being asked for their views on proposed new planning policies for sustainable buildings and renewable energy in the Peak District National Park.
6 June 2012

Take part in national park Bike Week events
Cyclists of all abilities - or those who fancy giving it a try - are being encouraged to take part in a Bike Week event within the Peak District National Park.
15 June 2012

Adverts placed for new director of planning post
Applications are being sought for a new director to lead the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning service into the future.
18 June 2012

Peregrine Watch chick takes its first flight
Peregrine falcons have bred successfully again at one of the country’s most popular climbing crags, thanks to the co-operation of nature conservation organisations, local people and visitors.
22 June 2012

Curlew chicks take flight thanks to quick response from fire teams
Two curlew chicks from a nest that came within a metre of being destroyed by a devastating moorland fire in the Peak District National Park appear to have survived.
29 June 2012

National Park Authority re-elects local councillor as leader
The Peak District National Park Authority unanimously re-elected High Peak borough councillor Tony Favell as chair at its annual meeting (July 6).
6 July 2012

National Park Authority adopts new Code of Conduct
The Peak District National Park Authority has adopted a new code of conduct for its members.
6 July 2012

Peak event set to inspire business to go global
'Made in the Peak District - Selling to the World' is the theme of the first in a series of networking events organised by Business Peak District.
9 July 2012

New learning award encourages people to discover the Peak District National Park
Seeing the Peak District as an outdoor classroom is the inspiration for a new award that encourages people of all ages to study the national park.
16 July 2012

Castleton Bake-Off and family fun kicks off National Parks Week 2012
A baking competition and a host of free activities in Castleton are to launch a week of festivities across the Peak District to celebrate National Park’s Week 2012.
16 July 2012

First approval for camping pods in Peak District National Park
The Peak District National Park’s planning committee gave its approval to an application for 10 camping pods at Crowden campsite close to the Pennine Way – the first in the national park.
13 July 2012

Go ahead for replica iron age roundhouse in Peak District countryside
Young people will be able to find out what life was like in the iron age after the Peak District National Park planning committee approved proposals for a replica roundhouse.
13 July 2012

Public to be consulted on motorised traffic ban for two green lanes
The Peak District National Park Authority is to consult the general public over the possibility of permanently excluding recreational motor vehicles and trail-bikes from two green lanes.
20 July 2012

Key national role for Peak District planner
A planning manager at the Peak District National Park Authority has been appointed to a key national role advising on building design.
23 July 2012

Personal goals set wheels in motion
Cyclists taking part in personal challenges have pedalled 79,817 miles thanks to an initiative run by the Peak District National Park Authority.
23 July 2012

Step into the Peak District – free activity day in the school holidays
A free activity day in the Manifold Valley should provide a fun-filled day out in the Peak District National Park for families looking for something different to do in the school holidays.
23 July 2012

Barns re-born in Peak District National Park
Barns which were in danger of falling into dereliction are being restored to help conserve the landscape, heritage and wildlife of the Peak District National Park.
26 July 2012

Bakewell section of Monsal Trail closed during Bakewell Show
The section of the Monsal Trail between Hassop Station and Bakewell Station will be closed on August 1 and 2 to allow the Bakewell Show Park and Ride service to operate.
27 July 2012

Nominate your national park hero
Volunteers who give up their time to make the Peak District National Park a better place are being sought for a national award.
1 August 2012

Experience a winning landscape
Tourism bosses joined together to encourage viewers inspired by the Olympics to get out and experience the Peak District National Park - one of Britain’s winning landscapes.
2 August 2012

Successes for people and wildlife in Peak District National Park
People living and working in the Peak District National Park have helped achieve notable improvements for wildlife, residents and visitors over the past five years.
6 August 2012

National Park Authority signs up to anti-crime drive to save our heritage
The Peak District National Park Authority has joined a national drive to tackle heritage crime - targeting not only thieves and vandals who damage precious ancient monuments but property owners who harm their own listed buildings.
8 August 2012

National vote of confidence in Peak District Environmental Quality Mark
VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board, has reaffirmed its support for local businesses which display the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM).
9 August 2012

Have your say on draft trails management plan
The Peak District National Park Authority would welcome people’s views on its first management plan for four recreational trails used by thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse-riders each year.
9 August 2012

Call for volunteers to help build an Iron Age roundhouse in the Peak District
Fans of living in the past are invited to find out about how people used to build houses of timber, clay and turf in the Peak District more than two thousand years ago.
17 August 2012

Connect to Peak Connections travel survey
On paper, online or on a smartphone? A new travel survey aims to find out how people prefer to get their Peak District bus and train information.
7 September 2012

People's views sought on national park development policies
Residents, businesses and interest groups are asked to give their views on a range of proposed new planning policies for the Peak District National Park.
20 September 2012

John calls time on authority work
Tributes have been paid to John Herbert who has decided to leave the Peak District National Park Authority after nine years as a member.
14 September 2012

Have your say on proposed traffic ban for two green lanes
People can give their views from today (Thur Sept 20) on whether trail-bikes, quad bikes and 4x4s should be permanently banned from two green lanes in the Peak District National Park.
20 September 2012

Customer service excellence standard awarded to authority
Government assessors have awarded the Customer Service Excellence Standard to the Peak District National Park Authority.
19 September 2012

Pedal your way to Parsley Hay for disability cycling day
Disabled people inspired by the Paralympics to cycle through the Peak District’s beautiful countryside should get along to a free “Wheels for All” taster day on Tuesday October 9 to try out specially adapted bikes.
25 September 2012

Sign up to boost national park broadband coverage
Residents and businesses in the Peak District National Park are being urged to register their interest in getting better broadband internet coverage for the area.
27 September 2012

Action on management of recreational vehicles on green lanes
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed progress on managing the use of 4x4s and motorcycles on green lanes.
1 October 2012

New member sought to help govern Peak District National Park
People are invited to apply to be a member of the Peak District National Park Authority’s governing body for the next four years.
15 October 2012

Have your say on public speakers at Authority meetings
The Peak District National Park Authority is seeking residents’ views on proposals for a fairer system of public speaking at Authority meetings.
25 October 2012

Find out about Science in the National Park
There’s a whole world of scientific activity going on in the Peak District National Park – and people can explore it at two family-focused exhibitions in November.
25 October 2012

Free business workshop on renewables and climate change
Business people wanting to future-proof against climate change and learn about energy-saving can go along to a free half-day training workshop.
5 November 2012

National park residents lead the way on neighbourhood planning
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the future of a popular Peak District village.
5 November 2012

Report Ash woodland locations plea
People are being asked to notify the Peak District National Park Authority if they have planted any ash trees in the past six years.
13 November 2012

Royal oak for new Dane Valley Diamond woodlands
A royal oak sapling will be planted in the Dane Valley in the Peak District National Park as part of a programme of woodland creation to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
15 November 2012

New Winter Timetable for Derwent Dams Bus Service
Walkers and visitors to the reservoirs in the Upper Derwent valley this winter are being advised that the minibus service between Fairholmes and Kings Tree will finish earlier in the day.
21 November 2012

Connecting Peak District communities
People who live and work in the Peak District are being encouraged to get involved in a local project to improve broadband services in the area.
28 November 2012

Sixty holly trees to crown Queen’s 60th jubilee year
Sixty holly trees will be planted on the Peak District National Park’s North Lees estate to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.
29 November 2012

Disappointment at Chapel Gate court ruling
An experimental order banning 4x4s and trail bikes from using Chapel Gate has been overturned in a High Court ruling after running for 15 of the intended 18 months.
30 November 2012

Diseased tree to be felled and replaced in Bakewell
A large mature horse chestnut tree next to Bakewell’s medieval bridge is to be felled and replaced after becoming unsafe due to disease.
3 December 2012

Peak District businesses celebrate 2012 environmental awards
Twenty-three local businesses were congratulated when they received the 2012 Peak District Environmental Quality Mark awards at a sumptuous dinner made from their own produce.
6 December 2012

Catch up with the past at 2013 Archaeology Day
People can find out what archaeologists have been discovering in Derbyshire and the Peak District over the past year at Archaeology Day 2013.
6 December 2012

Budgets prioritised to support key areas of work
Further savings have been made to the Peak District National Park Authority’s budget and other money re-prioritised to pay for key areas of work.
10 December 2012

Minor changes to public participation scheme
Minor changes are to be made to the Peak District National Park Authority’s public participation scheme, which allows people to speak at committee meetings.
11 December 2012

Tributes paid to former chair of planning
Tributes have been paid to John Herbert, former chair of planning at the Peak District National Park Authority, who died on Sunday December 9 at the age of 70.
12 December 2012

MBE awarded to Peak District National Park Authority chair
Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, has received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
31 December 2012

Accolade for Bakewell town centre framework
A framework for the future of Bakewell town centre, funded by the Peak District National Park Authority, has been highly commended by the Landscape Institute at its 2012 awards ceremony in London.
31 December 2012

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