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National Park Authority priorities

We have a well established priority setting process. This provides a clear framework for planning and managing the Authority's resources and for staying focused on what matters most. It is also part of being honest and open with our partners, stakeholders and customers. It has been recognised as an area of 'best practice'.

The Authority's work is split into 14 'programmes'. These cover all the services we provide - from dealing with planning applications and farm conservation to looking after toilets and car parks. Each programme has a level of priority attached to it. This is to ensure that resources are allocated appropriately and that everyone is clear on where we are directing our efforts.

For more information about how we set our priorities, please see the Setting priorities page.

Our priorities for 2017/18

Programmes where we will strive for an excellent level of service

  • Land management and biodiversity
  • Rights of way
  • Development management
  • Volunteering and apprentices

Programmes where we will maintain an adequate level of service

  • Access for all
  • Historic Environment
  • Dales Countryside Museum
  • Development planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Tourism

Programmes where progress will be limited or where we will only do the minimum necessary to meet a statutory duty

  • Car parks and toilets
  • Landscape features
  • Visitor management
  • National Park Centres

Management Plan

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan is the overarching document for the National Park setting out the kind of place we all want it to be

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