Planning Policy

Welcome to Exmoor National Park Authority's Policy & Community section 

The main function of the Policy & Community team is to prepare and review 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.

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.

Consultation Now Closed

The consultation on the Publication Draft Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2011-2031 was held from Monday 15 June to 4.00pm on Friday 31st July 2015.

New Local Plan to 2031

The new Local Plan is currently in the final stages of preparation and will guide development on Exmoor to 2031, and once adopted it will become the new development plan for Exmoor National Park.

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