Our members and the Park's Authority

All members of the authority serve on the Full Authority, where the main business is conducted. The Development Management Committee, which considers all matters relating to planning, from the start of 2015 consists of nine authority members. Members also represent the authority on a number of outside bodies to look after the interests of Northumberland National Park.

The Authority's responsibilities

Full Authority

The Full Authority also has a role to carry out scrutiny and audit to ensure that all activities of Northumberland National Park Authority meet the standards required to ensure compliance, sound governance and stewardship.

Standards and Appeals Committee

The Standards and Appeals Committee consists of five members of the authority and was established, as required by the Localism Act 2011, to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of the authority; through adoption and operation of a Code of Conduct.

Scheme of Delegation to Committees, Officers and Groups

The Authority has adopted a Scheme of Delegation July 2017 to permit swift and effective policy and decision-making by members, and managerial and operational decision-making by officers, within a framework of accountability to Government and local people.

The Scheme of Delegation assigns powers from the authority to committees and sub-committees, and establishes terms of reference for working groups and panels that can advise the authority.

It also delegates powers to the Chief Executive to execute business and take timely decisions within a policy and financial framework, and further delegates the powers of the Chief Executive to other members of the Leadership Team and other staff.