The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will be extended to join these two national parks following a recommendation by Natural England. The Secretary of State has confirmed the designation orders for the extension which will take effect from August 2016.
National Parks have a high level of protection against inappropriate development through the planning system. The Chancellor's Northern Powerhouse will be boosted by the decision to extend the parks as they represent some of England's treasured natural assets.
The Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks are to be extended to meet in the middle - with just the M6 motorway and West Coast Main Line railway now dividing more than 1,750 square miles of protected landscapes. The combined parks will be the largest area of national park land in England following the decision by Liz Truss, the environment secretary, which follows years of campaigns and a public inquiry