1. ITV Report

Inquiry into the extension of Lake District park borders

Lake District National Park Photo: Press Association

Objections against plans to extend the borders of the Lake District National Park have prompted a local public inquiry.

Five local councils have lodged complaints against the proposals, which also include the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. It takes just one council to object to park extension plans for an inquiry to be necessary.

The government has received over 3,000 responses to the scheme, including ‘objections, representations and expressions of support’.

The suggestion is to push the eastern boundary of the Lake District park to include an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common.

To the south, Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell would be included, along with part of the Lyth Valley, including a small addition of land around Sizergh Castle.

A local inquiry into the matter is now set for June this year, with a planning inspector appointed to investigate the ‘Variation Order’ to broaden the National Park.

National Park areas are given different guidelines for planning permission for building new structures and altering existing buildings.

A pre-inquiry meeting will be held in early March, according to Richard Benyon, the Under-Secretary for Natural Environment and Fisheries.