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Freedom of Information Act

Open access to information

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The Lake District National Park Authority (“the Authority”) is committed to conducting its affairs openly and has adopted the model publication scheme provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Information held by the Authority will normally be available for public inspection except when it is necessary to respect the rights of other persons, or to protect the Authority’s legitimate interests.

Open and transparent access to information held by the Authority will enhance the Authority’s reputation for accountability, efficiency and effectiveness. In adhering to this approach, the Authority upholds high standards in protecting personal information.

In establishing the policies listed in this section, including the publication scheme, the Authority aims to comply with the following legislation and regulations:

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • The Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • The Environment Act 1995
  • The Local Government Act 1972

The Authority maintains a Publication Scheme (as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000) that lists the types of information available and where the information can be accessed. Where possible, information will be published online and free of charge. The Authority in particular recognises its obligations under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 to put as much information as possible into the public domain. It will, however, continue to protect personal information, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Further details may be found in our Information and Records Management Policy (Word document)

The information contained in each class will be available in a variety of formats. Hard copies may be requested through:

  • the Headquarters of the National Park Authority at Murley Moss
  • by inspection at any of the offices of the National Park Authority by prior appointment
  • through the Authority website

Major publications are also available at National Park Authority Information Centres located throughout the National Park.

The Authority’s Publication Scheme follows the guidance issued to National Park Authorities by the Information Commissioner’s office. The Information Commissioners Office (opens in new window) includes more information about the Freedom of Information Act, 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations (2004).

Publication Scheme

Find out more in our Publication Scheme section.

Further information about Freedom of Information

Request Form

You can download a form, and either print it out and send it in, or fill it in electronically, save it and return it as an email attachment. Instructions are at the bottom of the form.

Download our Freedom of Information Act Request Form (Word document)

There will be no charge for information downloaded from our website. It may be necessary to re-coup part or all the cost of some printed publications as well as postage costs.

Large-print, Braille and audio tape versions of information can be made available by arrangement and will incur no additional charges.

Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme itself, should be sent in writing to:

Julie Wood, Authority's Solicitor
Lake District National Park Authority
Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal LA9 7RL

Tel: 01539 792665


All National Park Authority copyrights are reserved but material appropriately attributed may be reproduced for purposes of private study or research with permission.