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NPACA1949 S5 PDF Print E-mail

the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949   (c.97)

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5.   National Parks

(1) The provisions of this Part of this Act shall have effect for the purpose -
(a) of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the areas specified in the next following subsection; and
(b) of promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of those areas by the public.

(2) The said areas are those extensive tracts of country in England [ . . . ] as to which it appears to the Agency Natural England that by reason of -
(a) their natural beauty and
(b) the opportunities they afford for open-air recreation, having regard both to their character and to their position in relation to centres of population,
it is especially desirable that the necessary measures shall be taken for the purposes mentioned in the last foregoing subsection.

(2A) Natural England may -
(a) when applying subsection (2)(a) in relation to an area, take into account its wildlife and cultural heritage, and
(b) when applying subsection (2)(b) in relation to that area, take into account the extent to which it is possible to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities by the public.
(3) The said areas, as for the time being designated by order made by the Agency Natural England and submitted to and confirmed by the Minister, shall be known as, and are hereinafter referred to as, National Parks.




This section amended by ;
Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.61, sched.8
SI 1999/416 sched.1
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 s.59, sched.11



Updated 14/7/2006 [RK]
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