Catbells above Derwentwater through trees and mist copyright Helen Reynolds


The Authority meets approximately eight times in each year to receive minutes from committees, determine issues of policy and strategy and set the content of important documents that guide how the National Park Authority operates.

Authority Meeting dates:

Hints and tips

The agenda and papers for the meetings are available to the public five working days prior to the meeting. They can be downloaded from the relevant meeting page or viewed at the Authority's offices in Kendal. The only exceptions are those agenda items which would infringe copyright or would not be dealt with in public for reasons of confidentiality.

Audio Recordings of Committee Meetings

We make a recording of each Committee meeting apart from those agenda items which would infringe copyright or would not be dealt with in public for reasons of confidentiality. If you wish to have access to a recording, please contact stating the name and date of the meeting you wish to listen to. All requests for a copy of the recording are dealt with under the Freedom of Information procedure and timescale.

Have your say in person

For details about how to attend and speak at Committee meetings, please read Public speaking at Committee meetings (Word document). This should be read together with the Process for public speaking at Development Control Committee if you want to make speak about a planning application being considered by Development Control Committee.

Scheme of Delegation

Want to know how matters are dealt with and what goes to committee? Read our Scheme of Delegation (PDF).

Update: 24 September 2020

At the a meeting of full Authority on 25 March, members agreed the delegations set out in the report– Annex 1 .

In short, for Authority, Park Strategy and Vision, Resources and Governance committee meetings will remain in the diary. Decisions of these committees will be made by the Chief Executive in consultation with the Authority Chairman, Deputy Chairman of Authority, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the relevant Committee, members of the relevant Committee and taking into account the views of the relevant officers.

Development Control and Rights of Way Committee meetings will now proceed in accordance with the usual timetable.

This delegation will continue until such time as normal business can resume or legislation is enacted to permit remote meetings to take place.

Archive papers

The following years are available online: