Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • Important farmland bird survey will take place next year

    Cairngorms National Park

    An important survey of farmland waders, which couldn’t happen this spring due to Covid-19, will now take place… The post Important farmland bird survey will take place next year appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 29 July 2020.

  • New Forest National Park Authority approves Fawley Waterside development

    New Forest National Park

    The New Forest National Park Authority has approved the planning development proposal on the site of the former Fawley power station. At a virtual meeting today, the Authority’s Planning Committee approved the scheme which has been five years in the planning, and is the most significant to have ever been considered by the National Park […] The post New Forest National Park Authority approves Fawley Waterside development appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • Idyllic Rural Housing in Dulverton

    Exmoor National Park

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • New community running track is ready, set, go!

    South Downs National Park

    Hundreds of schoolchildren and runners of all ages will benefit from a new community running track, thanks to £71,000 of Section 106 funding. Herne Junior School in Petersfield is building an all-weather one-mile running track that will be used by its 470 pupils, other schoolchildren and the wider community. Despite having an ample-sized field, the school’s all-weather outside facilities have historically been limited during the winter months because the field is often waterlogged and muddy. The new community running track will make exercise accessible to all, throughout the year. The facility, set to be completed later this year, has been

    Posted: 28 July 2020.

  • Planning Authority helps nature recovery as heathland site gets conservation boost

    South Downs National Park

    The future of one of England’s most important and wildlife-rich heathlands is looking brighter than ever after a major fundraising initiative that was boosted by the National Park’s planning teams. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (AC) successfully reached its target of raising £200,000, allowing the charity to buy 20 hectares of heathland at Blackmoor, near Bordon, Hampshire. During the year-long fundraising appeal, the National Park Authority was able to help with £42,600 of Section 106 funding. Blackmoor is part of Woolmer Forest Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area that is unique in Britain, and of special significance to ARC, in

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Promoting the benefits of sustainable drainage in strategic planning

    South Downs National Park

    Earlier this year a major five-year £500,000 project was launched to help safeguard the chalk aquifer of the South Downs that supplies water to 1.2m people and is under increasing threat from climate change. The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) will work to protect groundwater in the Brighton Chalk Block from pollution, as well as increase resilience to climate change and extreme weather events that can cause flooding and drought. Led by a partnership between the South Downs National Park Authority, Brighton & Hove City Council, Southern Water, and the Environment Agency, the wide-reaching programme will work with residents, farmers, landowners, and

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Ambassador scheme launched to help protect the New Forest

    New Forest National Park

    The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to become New Forest Ambassadors to help support its work protecting this internationally-important area. Since Covid-19 travel restrictions were eased the New Forest has, like many other locations, received unprecedented numbers of people returning to enjoy time outside. Most people cause no issues and given the […] The post Ambassador scheme launched to help protect the New Forest appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Enforcement continues to provide vital service for South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    Planning enforcement is a key service provided by the National Park Authority and teams have been busy throughout the lockdown period ensuring that approved plans and conditions are followed. Site visits resumed in May with social distancing in place after a short, temporary pause. Heather Lealan, Development Management Lead who oversees the enforcement function of the Authority, explained: “As one of the largest planning authorities in England working in a protected landscape, our enforcement remit is incredibly important. “It’s an area of our work that the public rightly see as a vital service and we’ve worked extremely hard to ensure

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Spotlight on heritage

    South Downs National Park

    Conservation Officer Michael Scammell takes an in-depth look at one fascinating feature of the National Park’s built heritage. It is well known that the National Trust is one of the largest landowners in Britain, but less widely appreciated that around one fifth of that land, over 50,000 hectares, was given over the years as a war memorial. As early as 1915 one of the founders of the Trust, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, gave land (which he named Peace How) at Borrowdale, as a memorial to those already lost. After the war he led a call for the donation of other open

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Updates on planning policy at South Downs National Park

    South Downs National Park

    The South Downs National Park’s first Local Plan was adopted last year and since then the National Park Authority has been working on a number of Supplementary Documents (SPD) and Technical Advice Notes (TAN).  These documents will provide further guidance to support the implementation of certain Local Plan policies. Lucy Howard, Planning Policy Manager, gives an overview of the key documents: Both SPDs and TANs will form material considerations in the determination of planning applications in the National Park.  We will be consulting on the SPDs, which will therefore carry more weight once they are adopted.  Here is a list

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Broads Authority bids farewell to Officer Sandra Beckett after 40 years of service

    Broads National Park

    Sandra is retiring after an outstanding length of service at the Authority.

    Posted: 24 July 2020.

  • Don’t ‘carry on camping’ irresponsibly!

    Cairngorms National Park

    The Cairngorms National Park Authority is urging so-called ‘dirty campers’ to show some respect for local communities, wildlife… The post Don’t ‘carry on camping’ irresponsibly! appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 23 July 2020.

  • Statement regarding Twitter comments by Cllr Geva Blackett

    Cairngorms National Park

    Statement from Xander McDade Board Convener “Last night Cllr Geva Blackett posted remarks on Twitter about Andrew Bowie… The post Statement regarding Twitter comments by Cllr Geva Blackett appeared first on Cairngorms National Park Authority.

    Posted: 23 July 2020.

  • Fawley Extraordinary Planning Meeting 28 July 2020

    New Forest National Park

    Tune in to our Extraordinary Planning Meeting which will discuss the site of the former Fawley power station. The meeting will be streamed live at 10am on 28 July 2020, and everyone is welcome to watch/listen in. Click here to join. The recording will be available for one month via the same link. In April we […] The post Fawley Extraordinary Planning Meeting 28 July 2020 appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 23 July 2020.

  • National Lottery funds Tees-Swale project

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Two of the most outstanding landscapes in the English uplands are set to be connected, restored and enhanced in one of the most significant nature programme to be funded in the UK. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is to fund the £8.5million ‘Tees-Swale: naturally connected’programme with a grant of £5.7 million for the 5-year scheme, […] The post National Lottery funds Tees-Swale project appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 23 July 2020.