How we work

peak district landscape

The Peak District National Park Authority is the sole planning authority for land and property within the Peak District National Park. As a planning authority, our role is to control and influence the development of land and buildings within the national park's boundaries.

We have to balance the statutory duties and purposes of the national park, safeguarding the natural environment and existing built heritage, whilst taking into account the needs of individuals, communities, local businesses and the local economy.

Policies and guides

Our planning policies and guides have been drawn up following consultation with local people and organisations. They are designed to look after the special qualities of the national park. All planning proposals in the Peak District national park must comply with planning policies.

Find out more about planning policies and guides.

Planning committee

The planning committee meets once a month at 10am on the second Friday of the month to consider planning applications, appeals and enforcement issues. The planning committee is responsible for considering:

  • applications that are major or sensitive or raise policy issues
  • applications with more than three substantial and valid objections

Find out more about the planning committee.

Minerals and waste

There are 45 quarries in the national park, of which 40 are active and 5 are dormant. They range from large enterprises run by multinational corporations to tiny sites producing small amounts of building stone for restoration work.The Peak District National Park Authority is responsible for all planning applications related to mineral working and waste disposal or processing within the national park.

Find out more about minerals and waste.

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