The policy origins of Britain's National Parks: The Addison Committee 1929–31
The Labour Government has announced that it is considering the possibility of designating one or more new National Parks. The last of the present National Parks was designated in 1957. This article traces the policy origins of the National Parks concept back to the Addison Committee appointed in 1929. Although that Committee's report of 1931 did not lead to early government action, due largely to the economic crisis of the early 1930s and to the onset of the Second World War, it opened up the subject to public debate, identified some of the problems and potential, and was an important stepping stone to the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949.
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