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National Park extension unchallenged

National Park extension unchallenged

Published at 5:35pm 18th January 2016. (Updated at 5:42pm 18th January 2016)

Plans to extend the Yorkshire Dales National Park have faced no objections.

From August, it will be increased by nearly a quarter to include a small part of Lancashire and an additional area of Cumbria.

The decision was subject to any legal appeal, but none were lodged.

Peter Charlesworth, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "The fact there have been no appeals against the Government's decision is good news.

"It means we can now get on with the job of preparing for the extension of the National Park. We will be working with organisations, communities and individuals to identify their hopes and aspirations so we can find ways of meeting them while conserving the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the new areas.

"In the run-up to the establishment date, we will be inviting people who live and work in the area to a series of meetings so we can explain what we do and ask how best we can help them.

"Being in a National Park has many benefits, not least to the conservation of the landscape and the boost to the local economies that National Park status can bring with it.

"Some people may have misgivings - often based on inaccurate information they have been given - and we hope to allay their fears."

Boundaries in the north will include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang.

In the west, the extended area will include Barbon, Middleton, Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune, and part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the River Lune.