Find out about the outcome of the Lakes to Dales designation project and where the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks have been extended.
The Secretary of State’s decision letters and the Inspector’s report are also available to view.
On 23 October 2015, the Secretary of State signed the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales (Designation) (Variation) Confirmation Orders 2015. The effect of these Orders is to designate the land included in the Orders as National Park. The Orders will take effect on 1 August 2016.
The Lake District National Park (Designation) (Variation) Confirmation Order 2015 was confirmed without any changes.
The confirmed variation to the Lake District National Park includes an area of land totalling approximately 70 square kilometres, situated in the county of Cumbria:
- to the east, to include an area from Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common
- to the south, to include an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh Fell, an area north of Sizergh Castle and part of the Lyth valley
The Yorkshire Dales National Park (Designation) (Variation) Confirmation Order 2015 was confirmed with two minor modifications:
- removal of land south of Reagill totalling approximately 1.4 square kilometres
- removal of land at Lowgill Farm totalling approximately 0.03 square kilometres
The confirmed variation to the Yorkshire Dales National Park includes an area of land totalling approximately 417 square kilometres, situated in the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire:
- to the north, to include parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell, and Mallerstang
- to the south, to include Barbon, Casterton and Leck fells, the River Lune and part of Firbank Fell and other fells to the west of the River Lune
How to challenge the Orders
The decision to designate has now been made. Anyone wishing to challenge the Orders may do so by making an application to the High Court within the period specified in the published statutory notices. Any challenge must be based on either, or both of the following reasons:
- that the Orders or any provision in them are not within the powers of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
- that the correct procedure for making or confirming the Orders has not been followed
More information on applying to the High Court can be found on the Planning Portal website.
For more information about this project, including the previous consultation documents, see the Natural England archive website.
If you can’t access any of the project documents from the archive website, contact Natural England via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0300 060 2178.