RESIDENTS must be involved in a proposal to expand the size of the Lake District National Park, an MP has said.

The proposal, submitted by Friends of the Lake District, would increase the size of the park by around 155 square kilometres by incorporating parts of the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas.

"Being in the national park brings some benefits but it means giving away democratic control of planning, housing and environmental matters to an unelected body," said Tim Farron, MP for the South Lakes.