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Date published: 2005/02/24

The BBC says:

The New Forest will become the UK's newest national park on 1 March, the government has revealed.

The 900-year-old park will become the country's smallest national park by area and will have one of the largest populations of 34,000 people.

The decision comes after a seven-month inquiry, following years of campaigning by some environmental lobby groups.

It was opposed by some farmers, who feared fresh restrictions and increased government interference.
Dr Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East, said on Thursday that he had not changed his mind that it was "probably not the right decision".

Many of his constituents feared that the new authority would take the future of the area out of local hands, he said.

A new national park for interfering busy bodies to lord over. The new authority will obviously not put the interests of the local people at the top of their agenda. It is after all, a national park.

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