Will the benefits of Unesco World Heritage Site status outweigh the problems of greater bureaucracy and tighter regulation for local Cumbrian people, given the rules already in place from the National Park Authority?
One must hope that the benefits for Lake District folk from this change of status will be significant. Presumably they will at least bring much greater global publicity and awareness, and therefore growth in the tourist economy but how much stronger will regulations be regarding, say, farmers wanting to build an extra house for their growing family? And what about more affordable housing schemes for locals who want to stay local rather than being priced out of their own valleys by rich city people who will pay high prices for weekend or holiday cottages? Unique culture has already been critically damaged by the latter.
Here is the news article from the BBC.