Join in National Park consultation - urges CLAThe CLA is urging people, who live and work in the area covered by the proposed extension to the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary, to make their voices heard.
The rural economy experts are encouraging members to respond to Natural England's consultation on plans to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park boundaries around the Yorkshire/Cumbria border.
But CLA regional director, Dorothy Fairburn, is warning that farmers and landowners must understand exactly how the changes will affect them before responding. "Designation as a National Park sounds attractive to some, but threatening to others," she said.
"Everyone affected needs to be aware of the real opportunities and risks to their land, property and business. The area in question is a dynamic, working landscape which has been actively managed by agriculture, forestry and rural businesses.
"Landowners will want to be sure that environmental considerations will not be the only driver in future policy decisions, to the detriment of the local economy and social needs. Tourism will be cited as a real source of inward investment, but with jobs in this sector traditionally seasonal and low paid we must look at the rural economy as a whole. Which other economic activities will be encouraged? Any measures that threaten rural enterprise and sustainable jobs for local people will not be good for the area."
Miss Fairburn added: "It is of utmost importance that all sides are heard before a decision is taken that will affect farmers, landowners and rural businesses for generations to come."
Further information on the proposed boundary extension is available by visiting the website www.lakestodaleslandscapes.org.uk which has full details of the consultation and forthcoming local events.
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A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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