We develop policies using the expertise of our Policy & Planning Committee, composed of experienced Trustees and other volunteers. We regularly review and update our policies and use them to help shape our comments on significant planning applications in and close to the Dales, and our contributions to major regional or national consultations such as Local Plans and government legislation.

Our policies are available to view via the menu on the left.

Our Statement on climate and ecological breakdown:

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Friends of the Dales believes that the interrelated crises of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, overuse of natural resources and pollution pose a serious threat to the Dales. While we recognise that change is inevitable, we will strive to make sure that:

  • Change is managed, and that, where possible it is restorative and regenerative;
  • Our activities do not exacerbate or accelerate the adverse changes;
  • We seek to take a precautionary approach where necessary, to safeguard the Dales for present and future generations.

It is our intention that the Dales of the future will retain the special qualities that are important to current residents and all those who, along with Friends of the Dales, care for and seek to protect and enhance the area.