The Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2001-2011
(including minerals and waste policies)
The Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2001-2011 (including minerals and waste policies) was adopted by the Exmoor National Park Authority on 1st March 2005, and together with the Somerset & Exmoor National Park Structure Plan they form the development plan which are used to determine planning applications. The Local Plan is available to view or download, via the links below. The Local Plan is also available in paper format.
The Local Plan was prepared over a period of 5 years, involving extensive public and stakeholder consultation (including 'Planning for Real'), a public inquiry, and Recommendations by an Independent Planning Inspector.
Under the planning system reforms introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 local plans were replaced by ‘Local Development Frameworks’. The policies of the Exmoor National Park Local Plan automatically become part of the Exmoor National Park Local Development Framework; they will eventually be replaced by policies in ‘development plan documents’. Another series of planning reforms have been introduced through the Localism Act 2011 which has resulted in new regulations for the preparation of Local Plans and a national framework to guide the preparation of local and neighbourhood plans.
Policies within the Local Plan were automatically ‘saved’ for a three year period, from the date of adoption (March 2005) in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. However, where local planning authorities could demonstrate to the Secretary of State that saved policies reflected the principles of local development frameworks, and that it was not feasible or desirable to replace them within the three year period, it was possible to seek the Secretary of State’s approval to extend them. A letter was received from the Government Office for the South West, on authority of the Secretary of State, on 14th February 2008 to confirm the extension of the Local Plan saved policies. LETTER (PDF 166kb)
If you would like to receive a copy of the Local Plan (£30.00 + £5.50 P&P) please send a cheque payable to:
"Exmoor National Park Authority" to the following address:
Policy and Community Team
Somerset TA22 9HL