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. The Inspector appointed to examine the Local Plan was Roger Clews BA MSc DipEd DipTP MRTPI who conducted the examination to determine whether the Plan was sound and legally compliant.

The Authority received the Inspector's Report on 15th June 2017. The Report sets out Inspector Roger Clews' conclusions on the Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2011-2031:

Inspector's Report (1,454KB - PDF)

The report concludes 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.

The next stage is to finalise the Local Plan and recommend its adoption as part of the Development Plan.

Further details 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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