I recently returned from a few days spent in the Trough of Bowland, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. I was struck by the number of small businesses which have been established in the area and the holiday accommodation which has been permitted, and which I do not think would have been permitted in the National Park.

Many houses in the area have been renovated/built to a very high standard and this apparent affluence appears to be benefiting the neighbouring small towns of Clitheroe, Barnoldswick and Settle.

It seems to me that members and officers of the National Park and District Councils might benefit from visiting the area to see how the positive and imaginary use of planning powers can improve the prosperity and attraction of an area.

More needs to be done other than to conserve, protect and resist innovative new development, particularly when obsolete rural buildings are involved.

David Hunt

Darley Dale