Have your say on how Peak District develops

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Have your say

ANYONE with views on how the Peak District National Park should develop over the next five years and beyond is being encouraged to have their say during a public consultation.

The Park Authority began the Join Our Conversation consultation on a draft new National Park Management Plan in April and has received more than 80 responses already.

But the authority is keen to hear from even more people before the deadline on July 1.

The plan will be the main policy document that guides what will happen in the national park between 2012 and 2017.

Among the main changes in the draft new plan are:

• Doing more to support the local economy and communities

• Giving a bigger emphasis to supporting and promoting farming and land management

• Ensuring that climate change issues and managing the reduction of carbon emissions is integrated into all areas of work in the national park

• Maintaining the emphasis on protecting and improving biodiversity, cultural heritage and recreation opportunities

• Recognising the interaction of people, the landscape and the economy.

Jim Dixon, Chief Executive of the PDNPA, said: “The National Park Management Plan is not an authority plan. It is designed to bring together all the people, businesses, charities and organisations that live, work or operate in the national park and get agreement on how we will all work together to make the area an even better place to live in, work in and visit.”

The consultation document and an accompanying questionnaire can be seen by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmpconsultation

Peak District visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and the Upper Derwent also have copies of the consultation documents and staff will be available to explain it and help people make responses.