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Landscape Action Plan and Landscape Character Assessment
2 April 2013 – 31 July 2013
Latest News Release 28 April 2013
Pilot Elections to New Forest and Peak District National Park Authorities
DEFRA agreed to pilot direct elections in the New Forest and the Peak District National Parks. Unfortunately, this will require primary legislation which may not be achievable in the current Parliamentary term. The Minister, Richard Benyon stated in a letter dated 17 December 2012 that “I will shortly announce our conclusions on this [consultation whereby the majority of organisations and individuals were in favour of introducing direct elections] and on proposals to introduce pilot elections in the New Forest and Peak District National Parks”.
Government has now responded to the Independent Forestry Panel’s Report and Recommendations. There are some issues which need clarification and/or further detail, particularly on short-term funding as well as future funding. There is also concern that the Statement does not make clear on whether or not the Public Forest Estate (PFE) will remain in public ownership in perpetuity.