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Park plans to be heard by inquiry.

PLANS to extend two northern national parks are to go to a public inquiry. Natural England has announced proposals to extend the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales which would increase their combined area by 193 square miles.

Local authorities affected by the proposals have objected, triggering an inquiry which is expected to open in June. The plans have attracted more than 3,000 objections and representations or expressions of support.

The Friends of the Lake District said last night that the current boundaries of the Lakes and Dales national parks as they were drawn up over 60 years ago left out major areas of suitable land.

A spokesman said: "Friends of the Lake District strongly supports the proposed extension areas chosen by Natural England."

However, the Friends have requested that two additional areas are included to ensure a clear, consistent new boundary line - the area to the north of the Orton fells in the Reagill and Sleagill area and a second area to continue following the Old Scotch Road between Killington and Lowgill.

Jack Ellerby, Friends of the Lake District's policy officer said: "At last this unfinished business of getting the right boundaries to fit these nationally and internationally important landscapes can happen.

"Three major public consultations over the last two years have shown that the vast majority of people support the proposals."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 30, 2013
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