NPEs Response on today’s Written Ministerial Statement and debate in the House of Lords - 13th September 2023

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MEDIA STATEMENT

Immediate Release

13 September 2023

As National Parks we're pleased to see today's House of Lords debate and Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) on the strengthening of partner requirements and contributions across Protected Landscape management plans as part of the Levelling Up & Regeneration bill.

Commenting on today’s WMS and debate, Chair of National Parks England, Neil Heseltine said "Today’s announcement by Government that it will come forward with new legislation via the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to strengthen the requirements on partners to contribute to protected landscape management plans is very welcome news.

"As a family of National Parks we have campaigned for these changes, which are critical to driving coordinated action across partners in conserving and enhancing the environment and beauty of our National Parks. Government acknowledged the weakness of the current provisions in its response to Julian Glover’s Landscapes Review last year.

"We look forward to seeing the new Outcomes Framework and working with government to ensure that National Parks play a significant part in meeting our target to protect 30% of land for nature by 2030."

-ENDS-

For further representative interviews please contact c/o Tom Marshall (Peak District National Park) tom.marshall@peakdistrict.gov.uk