I knew I had this somewhere in the recesses of my hard drive.
This is an extract from The Blessed Authoritie's 'communications strategy'.
NAME AND STATUS
4.1 The Authority’s name and status has been the subject of much debate and some confusion. However in his letter dated 2 September 2006 the Minister for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Barry Gardiner MP, confirmed that the Broads has an equivalent status to that of a national park and that the Authority is a full member of the national park family – as well as having ‘an important extra responsibility as the third largest inland navigation authority in the UK so that the Broads is in some respects a ‘national park plus’’.
4.2 The Minister was unwilling to support changing the name of the area to the Broads National Park, because the Authority is not able to accept the Sandford Principle which has been incorporated into national park legislation. This states that where there is any conflict between conservation and recreation interests greater weight should be afforded to the former. It would be inappropriate for the Authority to adopt this principle because it has three purposes rather than two, and the Broads Act requires that these be managed in a balanced and even-handed way.
4.3 Therefore staff should therefore bear in mind the following:
the Broads has status equal to a national park;
the Authority is a member of the national park family; and
it is not possible to formally change the name of the area or the Authority to that of a national park at the present time, because the Authority is not able to accept the Sandford Principle.
4.4 However as a member of the national park family it has been accepted that we can informally refer to the area as a national park, verbally or in writing, and staff and members are positively encouraged to do so. For example references to 'the Broads and other national parks’ or ‘the national park area’ are appropriate. There may be occasions, for example when talking face-to-face to visitors in information centres, where verbally using ‘the Broads National Park’ may add clarity to the discussion and is therefore acceptable, although use of ‘the Broads National Park’ is not to be used in radio and TV interviews (or in any written form). However if other people choose to refer to the area as a national park, we should not discourage them to do so.
4.5 When using the name of the area and the organisation in formal written documents such as letter headings and bank account details always refer to ‘the Broads’ and ‘the Broads Authority’. The only occasion on which Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are referred to jointly is in the title of the 1988 Act.
4.6 The main point is that while we are keen to stress that the area's status is equivalent to that of a national park, where legal precision is required we need to make it clear that the Broads is not a national park. In case of doubt simply refer to the area as 'the Broads'.