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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org stating which meeting you are enquiring about.