Members and Committees
Following recent government legislation, membership of Northumberland National Park Authority has reduced to 18 members.
All members of the Authority serve on the Full Authority, where the main business is conducted. The Development Management Committee which considers all matters relating to planning currently consists of all members but from 1 January 2015 will consist of nine Authority members. Members also represent the National Park Authority on a number of outside bodies to represent the interests of Northumberland National Park.
The Full Authority also has a role to carry out scrutiny and audit to ensure that all activities of Northumberland National Park Authority meet the standards required to ensure compliance, sound governance and sound stewardship.
The Standards and Appeals Committee consists of five members of the Authority and was established as required by the Localism Act 2011 to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members of the Authority; through adoption and operation of a Code of Conduct.
Scheme of Delegation
The Authority has adopted a Scheme of Delegation to Committees and Officers (updated 10 December 2014) to permit swift and effective policy and decision-making by members and managerial and operational decision-making by officers within a framework of accountability to Government and local people.
The Scheme of Delegation assigns powers from the National Park Authority to committees and sub-committees and establishes terms of reference for working groups and panels which can advise the Authority. It also delegates powers to the Chief Executive to execute business and take timely decisions within a policy and financial framework and further delegates the powers of the Chief Executive to the other senior staff who are members of the Leadership Team and other staff.