Welcome to Exmoor National Park Authority's Policy & Community section as part of the Support to the Community Service.
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 a Local Development Framework (LDF), which manages development and land use within a local planning authority area. The Coalition Government has stated that local planning authorities should continue to prepare their Local Development Frameworks - more information about the LDF can be found via the links below.
The adopted Local Plan and Joint Structure Plan are together, the current development plan for the National Park. Decisions on planning applications are made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The policies within these plans will eventually be superseded by the Core Strategy & Development Management Policies development plan document - The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 now refer to development plan documents as 'Local Plans'.
Please click here for information on the LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (emerging Local Plan)
LYNTON & LYNMOUTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
CONSULTATION - The Lyn Plan (Lynton & Lynmouth Neighbourhood Plan) is out for the final consultation stage prior to examination by an independent examiner. Comments must be received by the Authority by Friday 12th July 2013 - further details can be found here.
Exmoor National Park Authority has been selected as one of 17 authorities to be in the first wave of national front runners to trial Neighbourhood Plans within their area. The Authority will be working with and supporting the community of Lynton & Lynmouth to help prepare their neighbourhood plan which will aim to deliver previously identified key priorities such as local affordable housing, together with business and community development.
A Lynton & Lynmouth Neighbourhood Plan community website is now available to provide the latest information and ways for people to get involved in planning for the future of their community. There will also be wider publicity and opportunities for the community to engage with producing the neighbourhood plan and delivering the development necessary for the long term future and sustainability of the community.
THE LOCALISM ACT 2011
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.
NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK
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