Residents living in protected areas of land will have to accept the development of new homes, a Government adviser has said.
During his review Julian Glover said that more homes needed to be built and raised the idea of creating national parks on the edge of major cities such as Birmingham.
He is currently deciding whether more areas can be added to the list of England’s treasured national parks.
His proposal comes as Environment Secretary Michael Gove asks the public to choose what areas of land across England could be added to the country’s national park areas.
Government adviser Julian Glover is currently deciding whether more areas can be added to England’s national parks list
Mr Glover told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Almost all people who run national parks want houses-but you want the right kind.
‘What we need are houses that people can afford, that are designed properly, in relatively small numbers, not big developments in one place but add three of four houses into one village- and keeping a stead supply.’
Mr Glover, who is heading the government review, added that as populations in the parks are not consistent they would not require a vast amount of new houses.
He also said that he wanted to encourage small developers to build the new houses on these protected areas of land.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has asked the public to choose what areas of land across England could be added to the country’s national park areas
The first national park in England was created in 1951 and now there are ten protected areas on the list. Pictured: Serpentine Road in the Peak District
England’s first national was created in 1951 and since then the list has grown to ten areas.
The current protected areas of countryside in England are: Peak District, North York Moors, Northumberland, New Forest, Lake District, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Broads, Yorkshire Dales and South Downs.
Alongside his development plans, the Government adviser is also open to the idea of creating national parks on the edge of cities, with Birmingham Mayor Andy Street a strong advocate to this proposal.
The review, which began this year, set out to both conserve and enhance England’s most cherished landscapes and ensure the areas are fit for future generations.