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.

The development of the Exmoor National Park Local Plan reached another milestone following agreement at the Authority Meeting on Tuesday 10th January to consult on changes to the Plan between 13th January and 24th February 2017. These changes included ‘Main Modifications’, which the Planning Inspector Roger Clews considered were needed to make the plan sound.

As a result of new evidence relating to projected housing need, proposed changes to Section 6 of the Local Plan “Achieving a Thriving Community” were also consulted on. As these particular changes were not the subject of previous consultation or discussion at the hearing session, a separate consultation was required.

The consultations are now closed but can be accessed here

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 current development plan for the National Park consist of the 'saved policies' of the adopted Local Plan 2001-2011 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

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