Posted: Mon 9th Oct 2023

Clwydian Range in contention as Wales’ first new National Park in 65 years – consultation begins

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 9th, 2023

Starting from today, the public will have the opportunity to share their views on a proposed new National Park in North East Wales.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has started a seven-week engagement period, lasting until 27 November 2023, to gather feedback and inform their decision.

The Welsh Government, working with NRW, is considering designating the existing Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as a National Park.

Designated Landscapes, including National Parks and AONBs, cover about a quarter of Wales.

Known for their natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the Welsh Government plans to introduce a fourth National Park based on the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.

This would be the first park of its kind to open in Wales since 1957.

NRW, the government’s adviser on landscapes, is evaluating this proposal.

As an independent organisation, NRW can give an unbiased recommendation, considering the benefits for the people of Wales and all relevant laws.

They have developed a procedural guide based on evidence to help with public and stakeholder engagement.

This approach highlights sustainable resource management, nature conservation, and climate initiatives.

After consultations, responses will be reviewed, and possible boundary changes considered before giving a recommendation.

If the area meets all legal criteria, like natural beauty and opportunities for recreation, and is seen as nationally important, a Designation Order will go to the Welsh Government.

The final decision on the National Park will come from the government in the current Senedd term, which ends in 2026.

Ash Pearce, the Project Manager at NRW, highlighted the role of public involvement: “Local people, community groups, and stakeholders are essential in this choice. We want to understand the main issues, chances, and topics affecting the proposed area. By asking people to share their views through surveys and joining in-person or online events, we’re making the decision-making process open and informed.”

The public can give feedback using a survey on the project website.

Also, there are engagement events planned for October and November.

The events will be an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions of the team and share feedback on an early map of the area being assessed.

NRW said: “People will only need to attend one event, be that online or in-person as the information shared will be the same for each event.”

“These events will be in both Welsh and English.”

Talking about how important the public’s views are, Ash Pearce said, “We’ll have a full public survey on a proposed boundary in 2024. Until then, we’re listening and want to hear what people think. Help us plan the future of our stunning landscapes.”

With three national parks that are good for the environment and the economy, this new park could be an exciting part of Wales’ green history.

Engagement events – October and November 2023:

Date Time Event type Location

 

Wednesday 11 October *1pm – 7pm In-person (drop-in) Canolfan Ceiriog,

New Rd, Glyn Ceiriog, Llangollen LL20 7HE

Thursday 19 October 6pm – 7.30pm Online via Microsoft Teams
Saturday 28 October *10am – 4pm In-person (drop-in) Loggerheads Country Park, Ruthin Rd, Mold CH7 5LH
Monday 6 November *1pm – 7pm In-person (drop-in) Public Institute Committee, Park View/High St, Llanfyllin SY22 5AA
Tuesday 14 November 6pm – 7.30pm Online via Microsoft Teams
Saturday 18 November *10am – 4pm In-person (drop-in) Llangollen Town Hall

Castle St, Llangollen LL20 8NU

Wednesday 22 November *1pm – 7pm In-person (drop-in) Trelanwyd Memorial Hall, The Record Journal, Trelawnyd LL18 6DN

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