Preparing policies

In preparing policy for the National Park we must work to achieve the National Park statutory purposes.

Purposes are as follows:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
  • To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities by the public.

In the interests of maintaining the close connections between local communities, economies and environmental conservation National Park Authorities have an additional statutory duty.

Our main objective:

  • In pursuing the purposes, the Authority should seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park.

Management Plan

Northumberland National Park Authority has a duty to prepare a National Park Management Plan as the framework for the delivery of the National Park statutory purposes and duty. The Management Plan is the single most important document for the National Park, setting out the guiding principles, vision, objectives and actions for managing the National Park.

Local Plan

Northumberland National Park Authority is responsible for preparing, monitoring, implementing and reviewing its Local Plan, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Local Plan comprises a number of documents containing policies and programmes which guide the development and use of land within the National Park. These policies are then used to inform decisions on planning applications and appeals.