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Policies and strategies

Plans, policies and strategies

What are the responsibilities of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority?  What does the Authority do to carry out these responsibilities?  Who does the Authority work with to look after the National Park?  This page introduces a number of key documents that set out the plans, policies and strategies that guide the work of the Authority and the organisations it works with.

National Park Management Plan

The National Park Management Plan is the single most important document for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  It sets out the special qualities of the National Park, the statutory purposes of the Authority and how these purposes will be met in ways that help to support the local economy and local communities.  

It sets the framework for the Authority's own policies and activities and shapes the plans, strategies and actions of all other bodies operating within the National Park who are contributing to the National Park purposes and duty.  

The National Park Management Plan is supported by a number of more detailed strategies for particular aspects of the National Park, for example: biodiversity; historic environment; woodland; integrated access; education; and interpretation.

For more information and to download the Plan, visit the National Park Management Plan website at www.yorkshiredalesmanagementplan.org.uk.

The Corporate Plan

The aims of the National Park Management Plan are carried through into objectives for the Authority in our annually-published Corporate Plan. The Corporate Plan explains in detail the role of the Authority and our medium term objectives.

Our Action Plan sets out the specific actions we intend to complete each year to meet these objectives.

The Local Plan

The Local Plan is the document that contains detailed policies, which are used to assess planning proposals for development and the use of land and buildings.  As a planning authority the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is required by law to produce a local plan that covers the whole of the National Park.  To read more about the Local Plan see the Planning policy pages.

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