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Take Back the Tracks
We're campaigning to protect precious ancient green lanes

Safeguarding the landscape of Britain’s first national park

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Burbage: fighting the big guns

National housebuilding giants Persimmon Homes have appealed against refusal of a 120-house scheme at Leek Road, Burbage, near Buxton. The planning application was refused last year, because it’s against Local Plan policy and would have a harmful impact on [...]

Review of Designated Landscapes

After years of feeling that national parks were on the defensive in the face of government funding cutbacks and threats of weakened planning controls, the review announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove in May is welcome. It covers both National [...]

Hello from New Director

Tomo lives in Sheffield and has been walking, climbing, cycling and running in the Peak District (and in many places around the world) for a fair while. He also teaches outdoor pursuits, and is a retired Army Officer and a trustee of the Peak based [...]

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A Brief History

We began in 1924 as Sheffield Association for the Protection of Local Scenery. In 1927 we became a branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England representing Sheffield and the Peak District. There was no statutory planning control, no Green Belt, and the Peak District was not a national park.

Our first big success came in 1931, when we raised funds to buy the Longshaw Estate and save it from development. We handed it over to the National Trust for future preservation. In 1932 the first Town and Country Planning Act was passed, and six years later Sheffield introduced the very first plans to protect countryside from urban sprawl.

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Take Back the Tracks

Since 2014 the Peak District National Park Authority has issued at least five permanent Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) in order to ‘conserve nature and the quiet enjoyment of the wild landscape’. The bans are on Long Causeway, The Roych, Chapelgate, Leys Lane and Derby Lane, and all exclude trail-bikes, quad-bikes and 4x4s but not wheelchairs or electric disability scooters and trampers.

The decisions all follow public consultations in which the Authority received thousands of responses, the majority supporting a vehicle ban in each case.

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