The main function of the Policy & Community team is to prepare and review statutory local development plans that relate to spatial planning within Exmoor National Park.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) sets out national planning policy, but the main responsibility rests with local planning authorities. Each local planning authority prepares their own distinctive local plans, to manage development and land use within their local planning authority area which reflect the needs and priorities of their communities.

The adopted Local Plan is the current development plan for the National Park together with The Lyn Plan which is the neighbourhood development plan for Lynton & Lynmouth neighbourhood area. Decisions on planning applications are made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The policies within the Local Plan will eventually be superseded by the emerging Local Plan


Please click here for information on the LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK  - includes information on the emerging Local Plan and other relevant local development documents.

Please click here for information on the Draft Local Plan

Please click here for information on the adopted LOCAL PLAN

Please click here for information on the abolition of the STRUCTURE PLAN




Exmoor National Park Authority's Planning Committee formally agreed to 'make' the neighbourhood plan on Tuesday 3rd December following the referendum on Thursday 21 November where more than half of those voting, voted in favour of the plan.
The Lyn Plan 2013 - 2028 has now been brought into force as part of the development plan for the Lynton & Lynmouth neighbourhood area, and will be used to determine planning applications within the defined area.

See the neighbourhood plans page for further information.



The Localism Bill received Royal Assent on 15th November 2011 and includes important changes for the planning system, including legislation for Neighbourhood Plans. For further information about the Localism Act please click here.


The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and is a key component of the Government's planning reforms to make the planning system less complex.



Tel: 01398 323665 and ask to speak to a member of the Policy & Community Team, or