1. DPA Activities, Projects and Partners, 2017

      Content taken from the Trustees’ Report for the year ending 31st March 2017   Planning Policy In June 2016, the Home Office and National Parks England (NPE) signed a Joint Accord to enable the creation of a network of masts to support “a resilient, cost-effective, emergency services mobile communications system” in the National Parks. So…

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    2. Our History

      The Dartmoor Preservation Association (DPA) was founded in 1883 to help look after Dartmoor – an area in south-west England which contains some of the finest landscapes in the country. It is one of the oldest environmental or amenity bodies in the UK. It started amidst concerns that the ancient rights of commoners on the…

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    3. Who we are

      The Dartmoor Preservation Association is an independent member organisation that helps to look after Dartmoor The DPA was founded in 1883 amidst concerns that land management of Dartmoor by the Duchy of Cornwall was threatening to extinguish the ancient rights of commoners on the moor. Interest in Dartmoor’s landscape, archaeology and natural history had been…

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    4. The Trustees

      A charity in law The Dartmoor Preservation Association operates as a charity in law. Members of the Board of Trustees have four key roles to play in contributing to the decision-making of the Association: to determine the Association’s policies, and approve and monitor programmes to implement those policies including financial affairs; to participate in the development…

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    5. Policies of the Association

      We are often asked what the DPA stands for. In response to this we collated a list of policies dealing with some of the main issues on Dartmoor. Our policies are subject to frequent review and amendment where appropriate. We encourage members to comment on policies. Policies are discussed and formulated at regular meetings of…

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    6. Working with Other Organisations

      Working in Partnership Working in Partnership has become a major development within the DPA over the past few years. The Dartmoor Preservation Association recognises that every individual or organisation that takes an interest in Dartmoor has a part to play in its future. The DPA is making every effort to work in partnership. By sharing…

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    7. Constitution

      Constitution as amended at the AGM 28th May 2011 Name The name of the Association shall be “Dartmoor Preservation Association”. Boundaries The area of Dartmoor for the purposes of the Association shall consist of the Dartmoor National Park plus bordering parishes. Objects The Objects of the Association shall be The protection, preservation and enhancement in…

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    8. Swincombe 43rd Anniversary

      43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley Today is the 43rd anniversary of the saving of the Swincombe valley from what would have been a disastrous reservoir scheme. Opposition to the scheme was led by the DPA and objectors included Devon County Council and the Duchy of Cornwall. The Bill to bring about…

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    9. The DPA & High House Waste

      The DPA has owned High House Waste (HHM) since 1968. In 1959 High House Waste, and Dendles Moor to the east, were acquired by a forestry company with plans for planting conifers.  Forestry was not under planning control at that time and despite a campaign against afforestation, planting on Dendles Moor commenced in 1960 and the…

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    10. The Sharpitor Story

      The Sharpitor story for the DPA began during the last war, when an RAF station with a wooden-lattice mast was erected on the adjoining Peek Hill. As it was wartime there was no public inquiry: this was apparently a national defence requirement. In 1955 the Air Ministry sought planning approval to rebuild and enlarge the…

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