“Designated” areas, often in the countryside, can receive a special status as “protected” due to their cultural significance or natural beauty, for example. These protections include restrictions on construction, activities and development, and laws to protect nature and wildlife.
In the case of this policy, which is a promise to simply “maintain” something, there is not much for the government to do other than not backtrack on existing protections. So far, there is no evidence of backtracking under the government’s mandate; indeed, the recently launched National Parks review explicitly excludes investigating the possibility of weakening existing protections. It is, therefore, safe to mark this policy as ‘done’.
Want to read more?
- National Parks review – Gov.uk
- Green belt statistics – Gov.uk
- Welcome to the UK National Parks – Gov.uk
- Areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs): designation and management – Gov.uk
- Find protected areas of countryside – Gov.uk