What is the Partnership Plan?

The Partnership Plan (also known as the management plan) is the single most important plan for the future of Dartmoor National Park. It provides an opportunity to bring together a wide range of people and organisations around a set of common goals, building on the successes of the last Partnership Plan and responding to the challenges ahead.

It is the strategic Plan for the National Park, one that will guide decisions affecting Dartmoor's future over the coming five years. The Partnership Plan is for the National Park as a whole and not just for the National Park Authority; although the Authority, along with many other stakeholders and the local community, will be key to the delivery of the Partnership Plan. 'Your Dartmoor' is a Plan for all who care about Dartmoor and its future.

The purpose of the Partnership Plan is to:

  • set out a joint, long-term Vision and Ambitions for Dartmoor;
  • provide the framework for partnership working through the priorities and action plans;
  • provide the framework for all policies and activities in the National Park, co-ordinating and integrating other plans, strategies and actions (including the Local Plan);
  • provide the basis for focusing resources and drawing in funding;
  • communicate what is important about Dartmoor and the priorities for action to the wider community;
  • provide a focus for the work of the Dartmoor National Park Authority and how it accounts to Government; and
  • illustrate how partner organisations contribute to National Park purposes.

In order to deliver this Vision, we have focused on seven themes, which describe in more detail what we want to achieve, and how we will achieve this. The themes do not cover all the work that will be ongoing within the National Park but instead highlight the areas where we will work together to achieve transformative change. The aspirations in this Plan are very ambitious, and we recognise that they will be challenging to achieve, but their inclusion in the Partnership Plan is intended to drive action and to target efforts to secure the funding and resources required.


  • Climate Change
  • Better for the Next Generation
  • Better for Nature and Natural Beauty
  • Better for Cultural Heritage
  • Better for People
  • Better for Farming and Forestry
  • Better for Business and Communities