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Concerns mount over decline in children living in national park
6:45pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
LEADERS of the body which manages the Yorkshire Dales National Park have spoken of their concern after figures revealed the number of children living there had dwindled.
Ahead of launching a public consultation over a draft local plan on Monday, it has been revealed that the number of children aged under 15 who live within the park fell by 16 per cent from 2001 to 2011.
Census figures show the park’s overall population rose by 100 between 2001 and 2011 to 19,800, following a rise of 1,154 in the previous decade.
Peter Stockton, head of sustainable development at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: “We are worried the population of the national park has stopped growing for the first time since 1970 and that there has been a significant drop in the number of children and younger households.
“This has serious implications for the sustainability of communities over the 15-year plan period.”
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