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Committee meetings

Standards Committee

The Standards Committee meets as required. Its role is to consider issues relating to ethics and the conduct of Authority members.

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Planning Committee

The Planning Committee meets every six weeks. Its role is to consider significant planning applications for development in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Local Access Forum

The Yorkshire Dales Access Forum (YDAF) was established by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in October 2002 as a statutory advisory body, following the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) 2000. The Forum’s role is to provide advice on improving access within the National Park. As such, it advises the Authority on the right of Open Access to the countryside. It plays and important role in advising more generally on matters of recreation and access across the 2,000 kilometres of footpaths, bridleways and byways in the National Park.

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Full Authority Meeting

The Members of the National Park Authority meet as a body four times a year to determine issues of policy and strategy and to set the content of important documents that guide how the National Park Authority operates.

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Finance and Resources Committee

The Finance & Resources Committee meets five times a year. Its role is to deal with financial management and insurance arrangements, confirm personnel policies, manage the Authority’s land and property, and monitor the achievement of budgetary targets.

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Audit and Review Committee

The Audit & Review Committee meets three times a year. Its role is to review the Authority’s performance, receive reports from the auditors and consider issues relating to the corporate governance of the Authority.

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How are meetings conducted?

All meetings of the National Park Authority and its committees are regulated by the Authority’s Standing Orders. These set out details including how the chairs and deputy chairs of committees are selected and what their duties are, how and when meetings should be held and how Members should conduct themselves in those meetings. A copy of the Standing Orders can be found on our Constitution page.

There are also codes of conduct for both Members and Officers of the National Park Authority relating to standards of behaviour at committee meetings. Details of the Authority’s Codes can be found on the Members’ conduct and Officers’ conduct pages, along with our organisational values and how the National Park Authority is governed.

Public involvement in meetings

All of our meetings are open to the general public (with the exception of certain items of business that are marked as being private on agendas). You are welcome to ask questions and/or make comments that relate to the work of the appropriate committee.

There is a 15 minute ‘public question time’ at the start of every meeting. There are certain rules concerning this period to ensure its smooth running. For example, each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes. Read more in the public speaking guidance notes

If you have any questions or would like to speak in a meeting, please contact us.

The arrangements for speaking at Planning Committee meetings are slightly different from other meetings. We have prepared a guide to public participation at planning committee meetings.

Forthcoming meetings and document downloads

You can view a calendar of scheduled meetings for 2024 here.

You can download the agenda and papers for the meetings by following the links to the meeting you require.

Audio Recordings of Committee Meetings

We make a recording of each full Authority and Planning Committee meeting. If you wish to listen to a recording please contact stating which meeting you are enquiring about.