Dartmoor National Park was designated as a nationally important landscape in October 1951 under the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
Dartmoor National Park Authority (the Authority) exists to secure for the public good the conservation, enhancement, enjoyment and understanding of the special qualities of Dartmoor, its landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage.
The Authority is a special purpose local authority, set up under the Environment Act 1995. Our role is set out in the two statutory purposes for National Park designation:
- To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park; and
- To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public.
In carrying out our work, we are also required to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.
The Authority is under a legal duty to promote openness and access to information about what we (and other public authorities) do. The relevant legislation includes:
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Environmental Information Regulations 2004
- Openness of Local Government Regulations 2014
The Authority’s Publication Scheme is a guide to information routinely published by the Authority. It is not a list of all the documents – rather it describes the classes or type of information publicly available on the Authority’s website or from the Authority’s offices.
It is our aim to place as much information as possible on our website, which is updated regularly. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website, please use the search box.
There is a general right of access to information held by the Authority, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions. These exemptions and exclusions vary according to the nature of the information and the particular legislation governing the right of public access.
The Authority will always provide a written explanation with reasons if it is unable to disclose information requested.
Classes of Information
Information may be available in a variety of formats through the Authority website, email, hardcopy or by inspection at the Authority’s offices at Parke (by prior appointment please).
There is no charge to inspect information or to access information held and provided in electronic format. However, if you ask for copies of documents, we may make a charge in accordance with the published scale of fees and charges.
Copyright in all documents, images, maps and other material created by or for the Authority is reserved to the Authority. The Authority’s logo is a registered trademark and must not be reproduced without permission. Applications for copyright or trademark consent should be made in writing, setting out full details of the proposed use and the reason for wishing to use the logo, to the Chief Executive (National Park Officer) Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ or email to email@example.com
And finally… If you have any suggestions about additions or improvements to our Publication Scheme, or need a copy in an alternative format, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Head of Organisational Development at Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ or email to firstname.lastname@example.org