Our purpose and mission
The Authority was created by the Environment Act 1995 as an independent body, within the framework of local government. We provide some services that are similar to those provided elsewhere by district and county councils – for example, we are the local planning authority.
However, most of the things we do are particular to national park authorities. Our role is very clearly defined by Parliament in our two statutory purposes, to:
conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the NationalPark
promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area by the public.
In pursuing these purposes, we are also required to:
seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority exists to secure for the public good the conservation, enhancement, enjoyment and better understanding of the special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales: its wonderful landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.
We will promote these purposes in the context of a sustainable and dynamic rural economy, paying special attention to the needs of local communities within the National Park.
We will work with partners and stakeholders to engage a wide audience in support for and delivery of national park objectives.
Our aim is to be widely recognised as a centre of expertise and excellence in environmental and conservation policy and practice, in the quality of services we deliver and in the quality of the landscape.