Military misuse of a national park

Once again the Ministry of Defence has applied to the Dartmoor National Park Authority for renewal of its consent for training on Cramber Tor, south-west Dartmoor.

The formal position is that it is applying for planning permission for change of use.  The application comes before the park authority on 2 November.

The Open Spaces Society, Dartmoor Preservation Association, Ramblers and others are objecting.

The training is not live-firing but dry training; however this includes digging, wiring, firing blanks and pyrotechnics and low flying. These operations are incompatible with Dartmoor’s status as a national park, potentially destructive to the landscape and its unique archaeology, and disturbing and frightening for walkers and riders.

View into the Cramber Tor training area from Eylesbarrow.

It’s time the park authority said no to the continued use of Cramber Tor for these damaging activities.

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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One Response to Military misuse of a national park

  1. I do hope that the Ramblers and DPA will do something resembling a campaign, rather than just expressing disapproval. The last time the DPA campaign won round a sunstantial minority of NPA members. Outrageous with the cuts that the army has so much land!

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