Key Challenges

In preparing the Partnership Plan, it was clear that there are a number conflicting or competing objectives; these were described as ‘grit issues’ where views are split on what the Plan should say. Decision making should always be grounded in the statutory purposes of the National Park when considering such issues, and where necessary the Sandford Principle: where conflicts between conservation and recreation cannot be reconciled, conservation will take precedence. In many cases, this requires careful consideration of the specific circumstances and balancing different objectives in order to achieve the overall Vision of the Partnership Plan. Set out below are the principles that will guide decision-making when considering these key challenges.