We work with a number of partners such as the Community Council of Devon (external site, opens new window) and Local Strategic Partnership members to secure a viable and sustainable future for Dartmoor’s communities. We offer support for regeneration initiatives, local development trusts, local housing schemes, community facilities and services in ways that support and promote National Park purposes.
For example, in 2009 we supported the work of two development trusts at Moretonhampstead and Princetown, Moretonhampstead Development Trust and High Moorland Community Action (HMCA). After many years of development planning, HMCA successfully opened their new Princetown Village Centre in the spring of 2009. The new building provides a multi-use community hall, kitchen, sports changing rooms, GP surgery, library and Children’s Centre. Princetown has also seen the launch of the new Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in the commercial centre of the village. The new building hosts a number of craft workshops, a stunning art gallery and shop and its development was again supported by the DNPA.
For more information on local strategic partnerships, your local community strategy, parish plans and community appraisals visit the community planning page.
We work with communities and other partners to secure environmental enhancement through the development of community and public realm enhancement schemes, for example: public art projects and the use of locally distinctive materials in village hall developments and highways schemes.
Organisations representing the protected landscapes of Devon, including the DNPA have been working with the Highways Authority, Devon County Council to develop guidance, including best practice for use in designing and managing highway schemes within Devon’s protected landscapes. The resulting Highways Management in Devon's Protected Landscapes 'Protocol' and ‘Guidance’ (external wesite, opens new window) have now been published and adopted by Devon County Council.