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'Everyone thinks the Lake District is special'

The 40,000 people who live in the Lake District are being asked their views on the future of the national park.

The final five year plan will be scrutinised as part of the Lake District's bid for World Heritage status.

Katie Hunter's spent the day with business owners, locals and tourists in Bowness on Windermere finding out what they think the Lake District's priorities should be:

People's views of Lake District 'really important'

People living in the Lake District will be asked for their views on how the national park should be managed in the future.

A plan is being drawn up to look at such issues as jobs, tourism and housing. People's views will be used to form part of the bid by the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site.

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40,000 asked to shape Cumbria's future

There is a bid for the Lake District to become a World Heritage site. Credit: PA

More than 40,000 people in the Lake District are being urged to shape the national park's future.

The Lake District National Park Partnership is contacting 79 parishes asking for comment on a draft management plan.

It covers a variety of topics, including landscape, housing, tourism, jobs, water quality, access to services, farming and forestry and links to the current bid for World Heritage (WH) status.

"These are exceptional times for us. For the first time the management plan becomes an integral part of our WH bid and we need to know what residents, visitors, businesses, groups and organisations think and want."

– Clive Wickham, Partnership Manager

Views sought over Lake District management

People's views will be used to form part of the bid by the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

All 40,000 people living in the Lake District will be asked for their views on how the national park should be managed in the future.

A plan is being drawn up to look at such issues as housing, tourism and jobs. People's views will be used to form part of the bid by the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site.

Lake District takes a step closer to World Heritage status

After thirty years of trying, the Lake District today moved a significant step closer to becoming a world heritage site.

It's been announced that it's being put forward as the UK's nomination to be considered by UNESCO in 2016. So, if successful, what would it mean for the area?

Tim Backshall has been finding out.

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Word Heritage bid for Lake District

The Lake District had been announced as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said earlier today (9 January) it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.

It's now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal as an internationally recognised location.

“It would provide the globally recognised branding the Lake District and Cumbria and our tourism industries are seeking - it would tell the story of what makes this place so special to the outside world, and to the people of Cumbria. It will give the opportunity to promote this unique status, increase civic pride and attract more cultural tourism, boosting our economy.”

– Lord Clark of Windermere, Chair of the Lake District World Heritage Bid

Lake District is UK's next World Heritage nomination

The Lake District could become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Government has announced that the national park will be the UK's next official nomination for the coveted prize.

If it is successful, the Lake District will join iconic international sites like Egypt's pyramids and the Great Wall of China.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park spoke to ITV Border about the news:

World Heritage award would 'boost' profile of Lake District

The Lake District has been recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.

Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe, said it was an exciting and positive breakthrough for the Lake District and Cumbria.

“World Heritage inscription will boost the international profile of the Lake District’s unique awe-inspiring landscape, which has evolved over thousands of years.

We believe it is possible to strike the balance between conserving our historical cultural roots at the same time as encouraging regeneration to meet the needs of a thriving, modern region. World Heritage designation can help us meet this tough challenge..."

– Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park

Lake District on course for World Heritage award

The Lake District is on course for the same global recognition as some of the world’s most iconic sites after being recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

In an announcement made today, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.

The news has been welcomed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, which has been campaigning to have the universally acclaimed region listed for its spectacular cultural landscape.

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