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Dartmoor National Park Authority News Release

15 May 2012

Planning a sustainable future for Dartmoor National Park

DMD Publication Version front coverThe Dartmoor National Park Authority has submitted a development plan document (DPD) called the Development Management and Delivery Plan to the Secretary of State, for independent examination.  The Plan, known as the ‘DMD’, sets out detailed development management policies covering, for example, housing, traffic and tourism, to guide development within the National Park.  The document also contains site specific policies, such as allocations of areas of land for housing.

The National Park Authority has worked with local communities and a wide range of other partners since early 2009 to prepare this document. The aim is to establish a planning framework that can help ensure that Dartmoor remains a special place to live in, work in and visit in the period to 2026.  The DMD will be examined this summer by an independent inspector. The Inspector will examine the soundness of the Plan considering whether it is justified, effective and consistent with National Policy.  The Authority would anticipate adopting the DMD by the end of 2012.  Once adopted, the DMD, together with the Core Strategy, will become the local plan for Dartmoor.

The Authority agreed at its meeting on the 4 May 2012 to submit the Plan for examination. 

Bill Hitchins, Chairman of the Dartmoor National Park Authority said: 'The low number of representations received during the last round of consultation is testament to the extensive public, stakeholder and Member engagement in the earlier stages of preparing the Plan. The National Park Authority would like to thank those individuals and organisations for engaging so positively with the process.'  

Following submission of the Plan the Authority is opening several issues up for further comment. This includes consideration of additional areas of land for development not previously put forward at Yelverton and Buckfastleigh, and an opportunity for comments to be made on the Plan’s compliance with the newly published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (external link, opens new window).  

More detail on these issues can be found on the Authority’s web site   together with the Plan and other supporting information.  Any comments on the three additional issues must be received by the 4 July 2012.  These comments may be sent by post to:

DMD Programme Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, NEWTON ABBOT, Devon, TQ13 9JQ, or by e-mail to  


For further information

Dan Janota, Forward Planner, Dartmoor National Park Authority
Mike Nendick, Communications Officer, Dartmoor National Park Authority
Tel: (01626) 832093

Notes for Editors

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (external link, opens new window) is the principal legislation governing the preparation of local planning documents in England.  The main planning document is known as the core strategy and other documents may be prepared to add necessary detail. The 2004 Planning Act lays particular emphasis on the active involvement of the public in the preparation of plans. The National Park Authority has made great efforts to ensure that everyone has had an opportunity to input to the plan. In seeking to give greater opportunities to local communities to plan for their future, at the end of 2011, the Government passed the Localism Act 2011 (external link, opens new window). Among a wide range of measures, the Act gives powers to local communities to prepare their own neighbourhood plans and development orders.

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. It is a key part of Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Dartmoor National Park Authority began the process of preparing its planning documents under the 2004 Act in 2005.  The first to be produced was the Core Strategy DPD, which was adopted by the National Park Authority in April 2008.  Other planning documents forming part of the local plan for Dartmoor National Park include the Development Management and Delivery document (DMD), which has now been submitted for examination, a Minerals and Waste document, an Affordable Housing supplementary planning document and a Design Guide supplementary planning document. The adopted version of the Design Guide was published in November 2011. 

Dartmoor National Park Authority Planning documents put sustainable development principles within the special statutory and policy contexts that apply to the English National Parks so that development needs and conservation objectives can be kept in balance and Dartmoor's special qualities protected.

In 1949 the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act was passed and the first UK National Parks were designated in 1951. Dartmoor was designated in October that year, the fourth area of land in the UK to receive National Park status.

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.

Agendas for full Dartmoor National Park Authority meetings and Dartmoor National Park Authority planning meetings are available on the Authority's web site.

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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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