Affordable Housing on Exmoor

The National Park Authority is working with communities, individuals, voluntary organisations and housing providers to address local affordable housing needs on 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 Local Plan to 2031 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 Ruth McArthur or Jo Symons for an initial discussion.

01398 322 253  or  email

The Assessment Form is to help judge whether you are in local affordable housing need and comply with the National Park’s planning policies. It can be downloaded via the link below

Affordable Housing Local Connection Form

Exmoor Rural Housing Network

The Exmoor Rural Housing Network  brings together a range of people and organisations with an interest in working together to provide a forum for affordable housing in Exmoor National Park. It works closely with parish/town councils, individuals, the National Park Authority and voluntary agencies to help more people find solutions to their housing needs. Please contact the Exmoor Rural Housing Co-ordinator Sue Southwell on 07984 001 591 or if:

  • you or someone in your family is in need of affordable housing in the National Park; or
  • you can help someone with a housing need, for example because you have some land or a redundant building or holiday let in the National Park that could be used by someone who needs alternative housing

Devon Communities Together website

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 at the District Councils.

For West Somerset CouncilFor North Devon Council

Heather Crockford

Housing Enabler

Tel: 01984 635297


Housing Options Advice 

01271 388870


This includes housing need surveys undertaken by the Exmoor, North Devon & West Somerset Rural Housing Project between 2002 and 2015