Current consultations

Latest consultation – closes Friday 18 August 2017

Proposals to introduce a Pay and Conserve parking scheme

Dartmoor National Park Authority is consulting on proposals to introduce formal charges through a Pay and Conserve scheme at some car parks within the National Park.  Please read the information carefully before completing the online consultation form.

This consultation is open to the public and any interested party who would like to give their views on the proposals.  We are also writing to groups and organisations who use these car parks, inviting them to have their say about the proposals and how the proposed changes may affect them.

Why propose changes to the current arrangements?

We are looking at better ways to manage our car parks, so that we can continue to maintain and improve visitor facilities, promote key messages to the public, and support the Authority’s work to improve public access, conserve precious wildlife and important heritage sites.  

Our current voluntary donation scheme for car parks shows that donation levels have fallen to as low as 15p per vehicle.  This is not sustainable as significant investment is needed to maintain car parks and visitor facilities over the coming years and we are no longer able to rely on voluntary donations alone.

What are the proposals?

The Authority is considering introducing Pay and Conserve at five car parks:

  • Haytor lower car park
  • Haytor upper car park
  • Postbridge car park
  • Meldon Reservoir car park
  • Newbridge car park

The proposed hours of operation are Monday to Sunday daily, between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm, (including Bank Holidays) with the following tariff applicable at all sites:

Up to 3 hours £1.00

Over 3 hours £2.00

Coaches or PSV’s £4.00

Blue badge holders £1.00

The Authority is not currently considering charging at other car parks within the National Park, but may need to review this in the future.

Take part in the consultation. The consultation runs until 18 August 2017.

What happens next?

Once all the responses have been analysed, the results will be reported to Dartmoor National Park Authority Members for a final decision.

Other opportunities to get involved

We are currently reviewing and updating our Local Plan, this shapes our Planning Policy and is the starting point when we make planning decisions. Get involved with the review.