Dartmoor National Park Authority is a special purpose local authority created under the Environment Act 1995. The Authority is a freestanding local authority employing around 105 staff and is governed by 22 appointed Members. Prior to 1995 the National Park was administered as a committee of Devon County Council
The Authority’s duties, responsibilities and powers are derived from a number of Acts of Parliament, in particular the Environment Act 1995 which sets out two statutory purposes which the Authority has the duty to pursue:
- 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 National Park by the public
In pursuing these statutory National Park purposes we also have a “socio-economic duty” to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities within the National Park.