Affordable Housing on Exmoor

The National Park Authority is committed to working with both communities and individuals to try to meet the local affordable housing needs of Exmoor. Since the introduction of the Local Plan policies in 2005 affordable housing for local people has been delivered in many communities across Exmoor. Some of the homes have been self-build, some delivered by private developers, some provided by landlords and others by Housing Associations. The policies have assisted over 200 local people to live in nearly 100 homes in communities across the Moor. There is more to do and the emerging Local Plan widens the opportunities for local people to meet their housing needs.

If you wish to discuss the planning policies and whether they could help you provide the opportunity for a home then please phone or e-mail me for an initial discussion.

David Wyborn

Head of Planning & Sustainable Development

01398 322 252

The Assessment Forms to help judge whether you are in local affordable housing need and comply with the National Park’s planning policies can be found here.

Local Connection verification Form (pdf)

Local Connection verification form (word.doc)

If you wish to discuss other housing matters, such as ensuring that you are on the Housing Register and how to be aware when local houses become available, then please e-mail or speak with the Housing Officers are the District Councils.

For West Somerset CouncilFor North Devon Council

Heather Crockford

Housing Enabler

Tel: 01984 635297


Housing Options Advice 

01271 388870


The Rural Housing Project helped to deliver local need affordable housing within Exmoor National Park and the rural areas of North Devon and West Somerset districts. The project ran from 2002 - 2015. Parish housing need surveys that were undertaken by the project can be viewed here.