Planning for Exmoor

The built environment, individual buildings, villages and settlements are as much a part of what makes Exmoor special as the natural beauty, wildlife and bustling communities. Planning has a vital role to play in ensuring that new development is well designed and carefully sited so that it contributes to the variety and quality of Exmoors landscape and provides homes and work places for its inhabitants.   The Exmoor National Park is a working and living community where development is necessary to ensure that the needs of the community, businesses and visitors are met. The Local Plan, adopted in 2005, sets out a range of policies that allow development to take place and the Local Planning Authority permit approximately 95% of the applications which are submitted.

The planning policies seek to ensure that development is of the right scale, directed to appropriate locations and conserves and enhances the character and appearance of the National Park. Development proposals should be of a high quality so that the special qualities of the National Park are maintained.

Planning Permission planningsearchforinfo

Do I Need Planning Permission? 

Pre-application advice 

Planning Application Forms and checklists 

Advice and Information Policy Planning

How to report a breach of planning

Information on Renewable Energy

Affordable Housing 

Information on Listed Buildings 

Conservation Areas 

Replacement windows and doors 

Local Development Framework

Local Plan 

Structure Plan