National Parks England response to the Landscapes Review

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12th April 2022

For immediate release

National Parks England (NPE), has submitted its response to the Government’s Consultation on the Landscapes Review, regarding the future of our National Parks.

Andrew McCloy, Chair of National Parks England, said: “National Parks play a vital role for the nation, supporting people, places, climate and nature. We welcome the ambition of the Landscapes Review and the overall direction set out in the Government’s proposals.

“In particular, we welcome the proposals for greater engagement with people and additional legal powers. However, without adequate resource National Park Authorities will have limited capacity to perform to their potential.

“While we are supportive of greater ambition, and have the relationships and ability to deliver more against Julian’s Glover’s vision, as outlined in our recent report National Parks:

“We also support the proposed strengthening of statutory purposes. However, we believe that National Park Authorities and NPE should be involved in the drafting of any new wording to ensure they are fit for purpose.

“It is vital that recognition of the ‘special qualities’ of National Parks should be part of any renewed purpose: they are the reason why our finest landscapes are designated as National Parks and this is an important policy and planning tool.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Defra, Natural England, AONBs, and so many other key partners. We will continue to tackle the nature and climate emergency, support sustainable land management, and ensure our beautiful landscapes benefit everyone – these are the cornerstones of National Parks England’s priorities over the next decade.”

The full response from NPE

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National Parks England brings together the nine English National Park Authorities and the Broads Authority, to provide a strong, collective and expert voice at a national level. We shape policy by drawing on our extensive experience, facilitating discussion, sharing knowledge, cultivating partnerships, and testing innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society.

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