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A bid has been made to extend the boundaries of the Lake District

If the bid is accepted, the Lake District could be increased by 6 percent in size Credit: PA

A bid has been put forward to Natural England by the charity 'Friends of the Lake District' to extend the boundary of the Lake District National Park.

The bid aims to expand the southern boundaries between Silecroft and Grange-over-Sands, as well as the Cartmel peninsulas.

If accepted, the size of the Lake District could be increased by around one hundred and fifty five square kilometres, making it approximately six percent larger that its current size.

Local campaign group The Southern Boundary Partnership who are pushing for the bid say that the new area of the park would benefit from the extra tourism and an increase in local businesses.

The boundaries of the Lake District were previously expanded in 2016, and it's World Heritage Status given in 2017 has pushed councillors in surrounding areas to start assessments to make the expansion bid.

The final decision will be made by Natural England and the Environment Secretary.

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