Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

How we work

innovative building in the Peak District

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.

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