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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

The Exmoor National Park Local Plan to 2031 was submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 6th May 2016 for independent examination. Hearing sessions concluded on 15th July 2016.

Notice of Submission of Exmoor National Park Local Plan

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

Current Development Plan

The 'saved policies' of the adopted Local Plan 2001-2011 is the current development plan for the National Park together with The Lyn Plan 2013-2028 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.

Exmoor National Park Self Build Register

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

Contact the Policy & Community Team via email: localplan@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk