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High Court Hearing: When is a park not a National Park
A High Court in London will review the decision to rename the Broads Authority to Broads National Park, even though the entity has agreed it will never seek legal status as a National Park.
Summary of the claims
• The Broads Authority has used a power that it does not have or is unable to use;
• The focus on promoting the Broads does not follow the core functions of the authority;
• Prioritising conservation is key to all National Parks — therefore not following the Sandford Principle or seeking legal status is irrational;
• The Broads Authority failed to consult properly or give proper reasons for its decision;
• Natural England was not consulted;
• The rebrand misrepresents the Broads Authority.