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Please note: the following legislation is reproduced as originally passed by the UK Parliament. Legislation is frequently updated and amended. Amendments are now published on the (external link, opens new window) website. All Acts of the UK Parliament passed from 1988 onwards can also be viewed on-line at this same website.

The purposes and duties of the National Park Authority are laid down in section 61 of the Environment Act 1995 (external link, opens new window) which re-state the statutory purposes for designating a National Park set out in the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act, 1949. Section 62 of the Environment Act 1995 inserts a new section 11A into the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act 1949. This provision creates a new statutory duty on National Park Authorities and other ‘relevant authorities’ (which for the purpose of this provision means any Minister of the Crown; any public body; any statutory undertaker; or any person holding public office) to have regard to the purposes of designation when exercising or performing any functions in relation to, or so as to affect, land in the National Park. This ‘duty of regard’ which has become known as the section 62 duty, is sometimes referred to as the section 11A duty.

Other legislation that impacts on our work includes:

Constitutional & Administrative arrangements

Town & Country Planning

Nature Conservation & Wildlife Protection

There are also byelaws regulating behaviour in Dartmoor national park.

Page last updated: 16 Jul 2012
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