National Park Authority is a special purpose local authority created under the Environment Act 1995. The Authority is a freestanding local authority employing around 100 staff and is governed by 19 appointed Members. Prior to 1995 the National Park was administered as a committee of Devon County Council.
This part of our website contains information about our statutory purposes and socio-economic duty; what we do, how we are funded; our priorities and how we spend our money. There is information on Members and staff of the Authority and how to contact us.
National Park Purposes
The Authority's duties, responsibilities and powers are derived from a number of Acts of Parliament, in particular the Environment Act 1995 (external link, opens new window). See also the Legislation pages for more information about our legal powers & duties.
The Environment Act 1995 sets out two statutory purposes which the Authority has the duty to pursue:
- to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park
- to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public
In pursuing these statutory National Park purposes we also have a "socio-economic duty" to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities within the National Park.
Land of Granite
Find out more about the
Valuing England's National Parks report
published by National Parks England