Dartmoor National Park

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Post by DevonDavid »

Just had a positive response from DNPA after finding a member who actually responded !

To update you on what we're doing:
I've had meetings with the deputy director of the park as well as planning officers and rangers. We want to make sure we don't see the abuses of the National Park we saw last summer while also trying to cater for and manage many more campervans and motorhomes.
As you probably know it is prohibited to stay in our carparks overnight. 'Wild camping' is permitted in certain areas but only small tents and for very limited time. We need to stress that the moor is not a big free campsite!

That said we've looked into planning regulations around providing aires and seeing how we can allow farmers to have small 'pop-up' sites during peak times. Needless to say it's a minefield and there is a great deal more to be done. However the will is there and resources allowing it's looking more positive for the future.

We're working with Park4Night and other apps to signpost motorhomes to appropriate sites.

We've a long way to go but the dialogue is happening and we're on the right path.

This member is aware of CAMpRA and what it does and can offer....
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Post by DevonDavid »

Latest email received from DNPA on 06 May, it's positive and we're slowly getting there .....

Hello David

Yes there has been some progress.
As you may know the National Park is small local authority with limited resources.
The staff are already very stretched, we're facing a budget cut and potential government reorganisation at a time when we need more resources and stability!
However we agreed, at an Authority meeting last week, that we would dedicate a staff member and time to work on this specific issue.
Hopefully we should have some practical progress soon.
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Post by Madwitch »

Just had this response from Sam Hill, Head of Communications & Fund Raising for Dartmoor National Park, in response to my email offering CAMpRA's assistance (as a result of article in DevonOnline)

Hi Carolyn

Thanks for getting in touch.

The report you read referred to an Authority report I presented outlining the support we are hoping to give to local businesses to extend the season this year.

At this meeting our Members requested that we also considered looking into the possibility of letting motorhomes park overnight in certain areas on the Moor. My colleague Ally Kohler and her team will look at the viability of this and discuss with the various landowners of the National Park, potentially looking at options if landowners are willing.

Thanks for you offer of help and support based on your previous experience of working with other organisations. I am sure we will be in touch in due course.

Kind regards

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Post by ManTheVan »

Not much progress on this issue, I believe. This is a link to Devon Live, which cites DNPA as proposing new anti-motorhome bylaws.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-ne ... es-5908338
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