You may be interested to read this comment on the BMC's petition from Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority:

?There is nothing in our plans that will harm the interests of the whole of the North Lees Estate and all it does for the environment, visitors and local community.
?The BMC can be assured that officers of the National Park Authority would support much, if not all, of the ?Stand up for Stanage? Charter.
"We do need to review the management of this important estate, and the Authority has a track record of making decisions on land and properties that have improved their overall contribution to the national park, such as the successful and innovative Eastern Moors Partnership and the transfer of the Roaches Estate to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
?It is early days for our consideration of the future of the North Lees estate and no decisions have been made. I welcome the BMC?s input to our debates.?