Ban on flights over Lake District and Yorkshire Dales is rejected
for failing to ban passenger flights over the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
select committee criticised the DfT’s refusal to limit the number of aircraft
flying above the parks.
was one of the main national park attractions.
factor in sensitive areas such as national parks and areas of outstanding natural
different things to different people.
response seems to be rather dismissive of the work we have done.
why having planes flying overhead is particularly intrusive.
progressively destroy the peace and quiet that make these areas special."
parks are afforded certain statutory protection, this does not extend to precluding
overflight by aircraft. In practice it would be impractical to prevent widespread
overflying of areas of outstanding natural beauty or of national parks without
affecting reasonable levels of access to our airports."
and to ban aircraft from flying overhead would be a step too far."
is a “subjective” concept. Replying to a call from the House of Commons’ own Transport
Committee for flights over national parks and AONBs to be limited, ministers said
that to do so would be “impractical”. Current guidance appears to allow unchecked
increases in aviation activity over these areas.” Planes overhead are intrusive
as background sound is so low.
“But ‘tranquillity’ is a subjective quality and as such can mean different things
to different people – what may be seen as intrusion by one may be acceptable to
So says our wonderful Government – yet so is the quality of a work of art: nobody
has produced an objective index against which the Mona Lisa scores 6.95, yet it’s
very widely accepted as being a thing of great beauty. The problem is that civil
servants all have the pinched little minds of accountants – they know the cost
of everything, but the value of nothing.