Welcome to the Exmoor National Park planning pages

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 Exmoor's landscape and provides homes and work places for its inhabitants. 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 we, as 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.

Some planning decisions are decided by the Authority's Committee. 

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Local Plan Examination

Exmoor National Park Authority submitted the Local Plan for examination on 6th May 2016 and hearing sessions concluded on 15th July 2016. Consultations on the proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan and Proposed Changes to Section 6 of the Local Plan were held from Friday 13th January - Friday 24th February 2017.
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Conservation areas

These are "special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."
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Affordable Housing

The National Park Authority is committed to working with both communities and individuals to try to meet the local affordable housing needs of Exmoor.
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