The Lake District is a living, working landscape, visited by millions of people and home to over 40,000 residents. We are developing a new management plan, which will play an important role in shaping the future of this special place – including how we recover from Covid-19, respond to the climate and nature emergency, support the future of farming and support the needs of communities and visitors.
The Lake District National Park Partnership was set up in 2006 to bring together organisations to collectively manage the Lake District National Park. There are currently 25 organisations involved in the LDNPP and it is made up of representatives from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.
Together, we develop and will co-deliver a Management Plan for the Lake District, which sets out how we will deliver our collective vision to sustain our landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage and underpinned by vibrant communities, a prosperous economy and a world class visitor experience. It also is a plan for managing the Lake District as a World Heritage Site.
This is the existing plan which covers the period 2015 – 20. It is now being updated.
It is now time to update and build upon the last plan to develop the new 2020-25 Partnership’s Management Plan.
The Partnership has begun developing the next Management Plan, which will be published in spring 2021 for public consultation and agreed later in the year. We have worked with stakeholders to gather evidence on the challenges facing the Lake District, many of which were identified in the wide-ranging 2018 State of the Park Report (published May 2019).
The strategic challenges highlighted for the Lake District were further substantiated by the national Designated Landscapes Review (Glover Review 2019). An additional priority was also highlighted in this review – the Landscapes for everyone/Park for All.
Whilst it is important to acknowledge the scale of the challenges it is clear that through collective working there are real opportunities to do things differently that can have a positive impact in the Lake District. The key challenges are now grouped into 5 interlinked key priority areas for the new Management Plan, which overlap in many ways.
Communities underpin the vibrancy of the Lake District, and a prosperous economy serves both the needs of residents and visitors. We need to support community and economic recovery from Covid as well as tackle pre-existing societal issues, such as housing and demographics.
The climate change emergency is an issue both globally, and locally. The Partnership has had a climate action programme to save carbon since 2010, and this now needs to go further and faster, saving carbon and also creating new net-zero opportunities in the green economy. At the same time, we have already seen increasing incidents of extreme weather in the Lake District and it is clear we need action to make the national park more resilient to climate change.
The Lake District is facing uncertainty and change, it is vital that we use this opportunity to explore the future for farming and forestry, nature recovery and climate change together to achieve benefits for everyone.
The Lake District is a national asset that everyone should be able to enjoy, value and care for. Understanding what is required in a Post-Covid era through engagement with communities, business and visitors will be critical to developing ideas for this key challenge.
Innovative and sustainable solutions are required to ensure movement around the park enhances people’s experiences and is positive for climate change, economy, community, and health and wellbeing.
Through being part of the conversation about the future of the Lake District you can help create the next Management Plan for the Lake District that addresses current and future challenges, now also impacted by Covid-19, and help to create a plan for the Lake District of the Future. We will formally consult on the plan in spring 2021, but are keen to gather views as we develop the draft plan.
In these unprecedented times, it is difficult to plan with clarity and certainty. The Covid-19 Crisis has had a dramatic impact on the communities and businesses of the Lake District, as it has across the World.
It is too soon to know where we are on the long road to recovery, other than it will present both serious challenges but also learning and opportunities to do things differently and to work together for a better future. Given the scale and complexity of these challenges, we will need to work together as partners and with residents, businesses and visitors to take action.
We want the new Management Plan we are developing to be at the heart of this.
Partners have worked together to assess the evidence and identify the key challenges and opportunities that we need to address. Issues such as Climate Change, the Future of Farming and Forestry, Nature Recovery, Sustainable Transport and the reducing proportion of young people in our communities, affordable housing and risks to future labour supply are long standing and will come as no surprise to residents, businesses and visitors.
Although things have dramatically changed over the last few months it is important to ensure the right balance between the immediate priority of urgent action to address the pandemic whilst not losing sight of the longer term issues already facing the Lake District.
My priority is to work with Partners to consider how to turn these challenges and opportunities into a programme of action. But we don’t hold a monopoly on this insight and these issues, which is why we are engaging with people over the next few months.
In early 2021 there will be a full public consultation, however if you would like to share your concerns and ideas and don’t want to wait until our 2021 please provide your comments below.
A management plan for the Lake District must work for the communities, businesses and visitors of the Lake District. Please join in the conversation to help us shape it.
Please use our form to submit your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on the key challenges and development of the Partnership Management Plan at this stage!
Please note that there will be multiple opportunities to give feedback over the coming months, including targeted communications to specific audiences, questionnaires and social media interactions, as well as the formal public consultation in early 2021.