Local Access Forum
The National Park Authority has established a Local Access Forum for the North York Moors National Park.
The Authority will take account of the Forum's views in reaching decisions, for example on the draft maps of access land, the imposition of bylaws, long term closure of land for public access, as well as on wider issues regarding pubic rights of way and access.
The primary purpose of the Forum is to provide an opportunity for representatives of users and landowners and other relevant bodies to advise the National Park Authority on the improvement of public access to land in the National Park for the purpose of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area. This should be done in ways that address social, economic and environmental interests, whilst encouraging and assisting access provision. The advice given by the Forum should be of particular local relevance.
The Local Access Forum has been developed to give a balanced representation of interests and consists of 6 members representing users of rights of way and access land, 6 members representing owners/occupiers of access land and land crossed by rights of way and 5 members representing other interests. A list of the the Members is available here. You can view the agendas for the Local Access Forum on the meetings and agendas section.
It is hoped that a new LAF annual reporting system will be established in 2018, following a restructure of the LAF team at Natural England.
For further information about the Forum please contact us.