National Parks

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th April 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential benefits of increasing the number of national parks.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England is responsible for appraising suggestions for new or extended designated areas. This is a statutory process set out in Part IV of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

A review of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (designated landscapes) was launched in May. It is being led by Julian Glover and is considering the case for the extension or creation of new designated areas. We expect the review to report in autumn 2019.

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