The Snowdonia National Park Authority is the Local Planning Authority for the National Park area. It has a statutory obligation to prepare a Development Plan and determine planning applications under the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 2004.
In carrying out its statutory planning responsibilities, the National Park Authority (NPA) must also have regard to the statutory responsibilities and management role of National Park Authorities as set out in the Environment Act 1995.
These purposes are to:
Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park.
Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park, by the public.
The National Park also has a duty to:
Seek to foster the social and economic well being of the local communities within the Park area.
The adopted development plan for the Snowdonia National Park is the Eryri Local Development Plan (end date 2022) which was adopted by Snowdonia National Park Authority on the 13th of July, 2011. The plan seeks to express Park purposes and duties in terms of land use, planning and development policies.