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29 November 2011

New guide for those planning development in Dartmoor National Park

Design Guide coverA new guide has been produced by the National Park Authority to help provide advice to those seeking to carry out development in Dartmoor National Park.  Encouraging a high standard of design in new development is essential in protecting the special qualities of Dartmoor and the newly published Dartmoor National Park Design Guide is now available.

The guide has been produced in partnership with Dartmoor National Park Authority by architects and planning consultants, Stride Treglown. The initial section of the document seeks to raise an appreciation of Dartmoor itself and what makes the area special.  Subsequent sections provide advice on building design to help meet the challenges of climate change and design guidance on the most common types of development proposal.  The final section offers ideas on best practice in the design and detailing of individual building elements such as doors and windows.

Phil Markham, Head of Forward Planning, Dartmoor National Park Authority, said:

‘The main purpose of the document is to provide advice for those seeking planning permission from the National Park Authority and it will be useful for applicants and their agents and architects in developing their proposals. The design principles contained in the guide will also be a factor in the Authority’s consideration of planning applications.  However, it is also hoped that the guide will influence those who are carrying out smaller changes to their buildings that do not require planning permission and encourage a greater interest in Dartmoor’s built environment.’

The Authority is keen to see the guide reach as wide an audience as possible and it can be viewed and freely downloaded from the National Park Authority’s web site at  A limited number of paper copies are available for purchase from the National Park Authority at a cost of £5 plus postage and packing, while CDs can be obtained from the Authority free of charge  If you wish to obtain a paper copy or a CD then contact the forward planning section at or telephone 01626 832093. Reference copies will be made available at public libraries in and around the National Park as well as at the National Park Authority headquarters at Parke, Bovey Tracey. 


For further information

Phil Markham, Head of Forward Planning

Mike Nendick, Communications Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority

Tel: (01626) 832093

Notes for editors

The Design Guide provides detailed guidance to carry forward the more general design and sustainable development policies of the adopted Core Strategy. The National Park Authority places great importance on encouraging a high standard of design in developments in the national park and believes that this Supplementary Planning Document providing design guidance is a suitable way of helping to achieve this.

Dartmoor National Park Authority’s purposes under the Environment Act 1995 are:

•    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 area by the public.

In carrying out this work, we are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

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There are 15 members of the National Parks family in the UK: Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, Yorkshire Dales, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, the Cairngorms and the Broads.  National Parks are of special value to the whole nation because of their great beauty, their wildlife and cultural interests and the opportunities they offer for quiet enjoyment.  However, they are not nationally owned - the land is in the hands of many landowners or occupiers including farmers.  Over 34,500 people live in Dartmoor National Park and many millions of visits are made to it each year.

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