The chairman of the Dorset branch of the countryside charity, CPRE, believes that a Dorset National Park could be announced this year. Peter Bowyer tells us why.
He says his organisation is pushing for Shaftesbury to be included within the national park designation. In our interview, Peter says national park status would protect our countryside and ensure that homes are ringfenced for local people.
There is some opposition from some landowners and a Dorset member of Parliament. Some people feel it will increase bureaucracy and add too many restrictions.