Press releases from the family of UK National Parks

  • 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.

  • Changes to planning system in response to COVID-19 pandemic

    South Downs National Park

    Mike Hughes, Major Planning Projects and Performance Manager, outlines some of the key changes to the planning system in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Government has made a number of changes to the English planning system – with more changes planned – in response to the current pandemic. The rationale behind these changes is to promote post lockdown economic recovery and growth across the country. Currently planning legislation allows (most) land to be used for the vast majority of temporary uses for up to 28 days in total in any calendar year. New legislation has doubled this to 56

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Update on the Soft Sand Single Issue Review

    South Downs National Park

    The Soft Sand Review (SSR) will replace the soft sand policies in the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan which the National Park Authority adopted in 2018. The SSR, being worked on jointly by the SDNPA and West Sussex County Council, proposes three allocations for soft sand. The first, Ham Farm, is outside of the […] The post Update on the Soft Sand Single Issue Review appeared first on South Downs National Park.

    Posted: 27 July 2020.

  • Sustainable tourism plan gets the green light

    South Downs National Park

    New sustainable tourism accommodation has been approved by the Authority following a detailed landscape-led approach that put design, heritage and ecology at the heart of the development process. Members of the Planning Committee voted unanimously to approve plans for 12 sustainable treehouses across two woodland sites in the Cowdray Estate near Midhurst. The application follows […] The post Sustainable tourism plan gets the green light appeared first on South Downs National Park.

    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.

  • A joint Press Release between Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority and North Wales Police

    Snowdonia National Park

    Authorities come together to implement emergency parking measures

    Posted: 23 July 2020.

  • Hundreds of farmers have their say on Government scheme with ‘thriving plants and wildlife’ topping results

    North York Moors National Park

    Farmers and land managers from the North York Moors National Park have had their say on a proposed new land management scheme that aims to deliver positive outcomes for both the environment and people’s livelihoods.

    Posted: 21 July 2020.

  • Popular ‘Three Peaks’ fellside path to close for repair

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    A public footpath leading to the summit of Ingleborough is to close for up to six months for essential repairs. The path, known as High Lot, is thought to be used by tens of thousands of people a year walking from Chapel le Dale to the top of the mountain – often as part of […] The post Popular ‘Three Peaks’ fellside path to close for repair appeared first on Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Posted: 20 July 2020.

  • Retailers come out in force to back the #BBQFreeNewForest campaign and protect the New Forest

    New Forest National Park

    Over 50 retailers have removed disposable barbecues from sale in a bid to protect the New Forest National Park from being destroyed by fire. More than half the National Park is internationally protected because of its rare wildlife yet large numbers of disposable barbecues have been used while the Forest is at high risk of […] The post Retailers come out in force to back the #BBQFreeNewForest campaign and protect the New Forest appeared first on New Forest National Park Authority.

    Posted: 20 July 2020.

  • National Park unveils ‘wild’ award for families this summer

    North York Moors National Park

    The North York Moors National Park Authority is excited to announce the launch of an award designed to help families discover and explore wild places.

    Posted: 20 July 2020.