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National Park economies on the up according to new analysis

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CPRE welcomes the news from National Parks England on how well local communities and business within park areas are doing economically.

An analysis of economic data for National Parks England has shown that, between 2012 and 2016, the Gross Value Added (GVA) of National Park economies grew from £1.4 billion to £2.4 billion. This economic growth has seen a 10% increase in the number of businesses in National Parks, as well as more than 21,000 jobs having been created.

National Park Authorities have a duty ‘to seek to foster the social and economic wellbeing of the local communities within the National Park in pursuit of their purposes’. This economic data indicates that National Park Authorities are successfully delivering on this duty.

Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England said:

“It is great to see National Parks doing so well. These thriving rural economies are what we’d like to see happening in all rural areas. This evidence shows that the right balance can be struck between high quality landscapes and a successful rural economy, benefiting communities that live and work in National Parks. I hope that the policies and practices that are providing such positive results within National Parks can be replicated in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other rural areas across the country.”

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