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 the Executive Committee. We are an active organisation in respect of relevant consultations. In particular we contribute to the formulation of the Management Plan for Dartmoor National Park and to the various planning consultation processes.
1. The DPA supports the right of public access to all Common Land on Dartmoor, to all Rights of Way and to all land that has a traditional de facto usage of openness.
2. The DPA supports the listing of non in-bye land under the CROW Act, including newtakes and rough grazing, whilst remaining sensitive to areas of Dartmoor where habitat conditions would require a regime of limited or no access.
3. The DPA is opposed to fencing on Dartmoor where none exists before hand, unless there is an overriding need, which cannot be met by alternative means. In the case of dry stone walls the DPA supports traditional rebuilding with stone where necessary, and is opposed the use of post and rail or post and wire fencing.
4. The DPA supports the protection of all ancient monuments, listed or otherwise, and seeks the preservation of all such artefacts and buildings found on Dartmoor
5. The DPA is strong in its support of the varied habitats found on Dartmoor and seeks, wherever they are threatened, to find the means to provide the necessary protection.
6. The DPA recognises the invasive nature of bracken to natural heather moorland, rough grassland and historic monuments and is intent on pursuing ways and means of assisting users of the moor to bring bracken under control
7. The DPA is opposed to the extension of china clay quarrying on Dartmoor, whether it be for mining or the disposal of waste products.
8. The DPA is opposed to military live firing on Dartmoor.
9. The DPA holds the view that military training on Dartmoor is inconsistent with its status as a national park
10. The DPA supports traditional extensive hill farming on Dartmoor and small scale local traditional industries.
11. The DPA is opposed to the reopening of lapsed quarrying activities, unless they are supported by the local community and serve a genuine local need.
12. The DPA is opposed to the disfiguration of the moorland landscape by television masts, mobile telephone masts and wind farms. Small scale wind generators serving a single farm or hamlet will be judged on the merit of the planning application.
13. The DPA will examine planning applications for developments within the NP and oppose those it considers detrimental to Dartmoor.
14. The DPA is opposed to housing developments in moorland villages that are not specifically aimed at satisfying local needs.
15. The DPA supports the return to natural broad-leafed woodlands or to open moorland of those forests created as soft wood cash crops and is opposed to further development of soft wood forests.
16. The DPA recognises the importance of the Dartmoor Pony to the landscape and supports those schemes which are in keeping with good husbandry and will ensure the survival of a healthy pony stock
17. The DPA accepts that Swaling is good Dartmoor practice and encourages its use within the guidelines laid down by the Commoners Council and the DNPA.
18. The DPA will practice good management on all of its own properties, demonstrating that traditional farming, habitat protection and biodiversity can co-exist with public access.
19. The DPA is opposed to any recreational activity that causes damage to the fabric, flora or fauna of the moor.
20. The DPA will purchase land, subject to the availability of liquid assets, if there are good and justifiable reasons for so doing.
21. The DPA will produce a budget for the coming year by the October meeting of the current year.
22. The DPA opposes all applications for commercial wind farms, situated on Dartmoor or in the surrounding area. The DPA will work with all like-minded organisations towards this end. The DPA will consider supporting applications for small scale wind power schemes, provided that they are sensitively sited and meet the needs of individual buildings or small communities.
23. The DPA supports the pilot study phase of the Mires project including the programme of monitoring and scientific assessment. There should be no commitment to Phase Two (large scale roll-out) until the pilot study as been properly evaluated. There must also be the fullest consultation with all stakeholders including commoners and other Dartmoor user groups before any large scale roll-out.