Planning Policy

The Policy & Community Team is responsible for preparing and monitoring planning policy documents to guide future development and use of land within Exmoor National Park. These documents are also used for making decisions on planning applications and appeals.

New Local Plan to 2031

Exmoor National Park Authority formally adopted the Exmoor National Park Local Plan to 2031 on 4th July 2017. Now adopted, the Plan is the statutory development plan and forms the basis for decisions on land use planning affecting Exmoor National Park.

Authority Report (PDF 203KB)

As soon as reasonably practicable the Authority will make available: the local plan; an adoption statement; the sustainability appraisal report; and details of where the local plan is available for inspection.

The Authority received the Inspector's Report on 15th June 2017. The report concluded that the Local Plan is 'sound' subject to a number of Main Modifications suggested by the Authority. It also sets out the Inspector's findings on matters which were discussed during the examination hearing sessions held in July 2016.

Inspector's Report (including the schedule of main modifications)

Until a final copy of the adopted Local Plan to 2031 is available please see the Publication Draft Local Plan together with the main modifications appended to the Inspector's Report (above) and minor amendments set out in the Schedule of Additional Modifications. These documents are set out below:

Exmoor National Park Local Plan (Publication Draft) 2011-2031

Dulverton Inset Map
Lynton & Lynmouth Inset Map
Porlock Inset Map
Policies Map – West Exmoor (Map 22)
Policies Map – East Exmoor (Map 23)

Schedule of Additional Modifications (without maps)

Schedule of Additional Modifications (Appendix 5 Maps)

Further details relating to the examination process are available on the Local Plan Examination page and the Local Plan Examination Library page


Draft Landscape Character Assessment SPD

A draft Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been produced that provides a comprehensive update to the 2007 Exmoor National Park LCA, and also provides more detailed guidance on the policies relating to landscape character in the adopted Local Plan 2011-2031.The draft LCA SPD is a detailed and purposeful document that is both a celebration and an analysis of the diverse and distinctive landscapes of Exmoor.

The Draft LCA SPD consultation was held during 14th July - 8th September 2017. For further details click here

Exmoor National Park Self Build Register

To find out about registering your interest in self build please click here

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