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Setback in bid to get Lake District listed as World Heritage Site

The latest attempt to have the Lake District designated as a World Heritage Site has faltered, although a new bid could go forward next year.

The Lake District was included in a list of 11 potential UK World Heritage Sites published by the Department for Culture Media and Sport last year.

It was among four on that list to submit a technical evaluation for consideration by a panel of experts, chaired by archaeologist Sue Davies.

However, the panel has decided that only two bids – from the Forth railway bridge in Scotland and Gorham’s Cave complex in Gibraltar – should go forward as UK World Heritage site nominations.

They will be considered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

The two rejected bids from the Lake District and Chatham Docks can take part in the next round of technical evaluations in autumn 2013.

The UK has 28 World Heritage Sites, including Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria.

The Lake District was twice turned down for accreditation in the 1980s but the National Park tried again following changes to the criteria.

Supporters of the bid say that World Heritage Site status could boost tourism, enhance Cumbria’s image and promote conservation.

But opponents say it would lead to more planning restrictions on housing and roads.

Have your say

Of course if the lakes were designated a WHS, it may put paid to the goverments plans to increase the capacity of the nuclear facility (both energy & waste) on the lakes doorstep. Political motivation or am I just too cynical?

Posted by Brian on 30 May 2012 at 21:33

I don't think we should lose too much sleep over this; there are more pressing issues to worry about.
The Lakes enjoy National Park status already, which provides enough checks and measures to reduce further despoiling of the area.

Posted by Employee2 on 30 May 2012 at 10:49

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