We campaign within the statutory planning system - and outside it.

Good planning can help slow the growth in road traffic, curb urban sprawl, safeguard wildlife habitats and protect the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside. Our volunteers and staff screen every planning application made in the Peak District National Park, High Peak and six parishes of North East Derbyshire. We raise the alarm when the countryside is threatened, sometimes even taking cases to appeal and public inquiry if we have to.

We act as an independent critical friend of the Peak District National Park Authority, take part in consultations and influence local and regional plans in favour of the countryside. On average, over 80% of planning decisions that we have commented on over the last five years have gone our way.

We publicise important issues through the local press and radio and through our own events and publications. Locally we work with individuals and communities - residents' associations, parish councils and pressure groups - advising on the planning system, on campaigning tactics and attracting publicity.

Sometimes problems can only be resolved by changes in government policy or legislation. We are part of two influential national networks: Campaign for National Parks and the CPRE network.

We don't just campaign against damaging developments - we campaign for positive practical alternatives. We campaign for appropriate and well-designed development in the countryside (see our policy on sustainable developments) and we work to encourage green farming and land-use policies.

Read Friends of the Peak District's main planning policy - upated in June 2012.