• Axminster: 01297 630700
  • Seaton: 01297 626950
  • Chard: 01460 269700
  • Honiton: 01404 548050

Keep updated

News & Insights

Beviss and Beckingsale
Mark Carlisle

Review of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty

Posted by Mark Carlisle on July 3rd 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS , All .

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced plans for a review and potential expansion of the network of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

An independent panel will look at how the current network of 34 AONBs and 10 national parks meet the needs in the 21st century and see if there is scope to expand.

The review will examine a number of issues, including the:

  • Existing statutory purposes for national parks and AONBs and how effectively they are being met.
  • Alignment of these purposes with the goals set out in the government's 25-year plan for the environment.
  • Case for extension or creation of new designated areas.

National parks were first established by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. 260 million visitors a year from the UK and abroad visit the country's national parks, which cover over a quarter of the UK.

Source: Defra press release, National Parks review launched, 27 May 2018.