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Your Future Exmooor

Local communities were invited to get involved and have their say on the new planning policies for Exmoor National Park which will be contained in the new Local Plan.

Get Involved and Have Your Say!

We wanted to hear how local communities would like to see Exmoor evolve in the future and how we can work together to achieve this. The community consultation programme was a real opportunity for local communities to contribute towards new planning policies and help decide important issues such as where new housing and business development should be provided over the next 15-20 years as well as issues relating to the natural environment, cultural environment, services, transport, infrastructure and climate change.

Your Events

Nearly a thousand people attended the 21 events held in each of the parishes with towns and villages in the National Park through January, February and March 2010. The events were tailored to individual parishes and designed to be interactive and gather views on the matters and issues important to the local community. For some parishes there were two 'replica events' held in neighbouring parishes at different times of day to enable people to attend in one of the parishes at a time convenient to them.

Feedback Reports

Two versions of the feedback reports have been produced for each of the events. A full copy of the feedback report was sent to the Parish and Town Councils and summary reports were made available to the local community in local services such as shops and pubs. Both versions are available to download in the table below.

Your Parish Your Event Was Held At: Full Feedback
Report
Feedback
Summary Report
Cutcombe Cutcombe, Moorland Hall Full Report (PDF 1.7MB)Summary (PDF 983KB) 
Dulverton, Brushford, East Anstey and West Anstey Dulverton Town Hall Full Report (PDF 1.1MB)Summary (PDF 354KB)
Parracombe, Martinhoe, Trentishoe, Kentisbury and Combe Martin Parracombe Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1MB)Summary (PDF, 364KB)
Lynton & Lynmouth Lynton – United Reform Church Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.7MB)Summary (PDF, 1MB)
Brompton Regis, Upton, Skilgate Brompton Regis Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.35MB)Summary (PDF, 449KB)
Porlock Porlock Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.25MB)Summary (PDF, 408KB)
Exton, Winsford

Bridgetown Village Hall* or Winsford Village Hall*

Full Report (PDF, 1.5MB)Summary (PDF, 557KB)
Wootton Courtenay Wootton Courtenay Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.23MB)Summary (PDF, KB)
Timberscombe, Dunster, Carhampton Timberscombe Village Hall* or Dunster Tithe Barn* Full Report (PDF, 1.45MB)Summary (PDF, 420KB)
Brendon & Countisbury, Oare Brendon Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.3MB)Summary (PDF, 359KB)
Monksilver, Elworthy, Nettlecombe, Stogumber Monksilver – EMN Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.3MB)Summary (PDF, 462KB)
Luccombe, Selworthy & Minehead Without Luccombe Village Hall* or Allerford Community Hall* Full Report (PDF, 1.26MB)Summary (PDF, 392KB)
Withypool & Hawkridge, Exford, Molland, and Twitchen Withypool Village Hall* or Exford Memorial Hall* Full Report (PDF, 1.34MB)Summary (PDF, 415KB)
Challacombe, Brayford, Exmoor, North Molton Challacombe Methodist Hall*
or Simonsbath – Exmoor Forest Inn*
Full Report (PDF, 1.12MB)Summary (PDF, 422KB)
Old Cleeve, Withycombe Roadwater Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.29MB)Summary (PDF, 442KB)
Luxborough, Treborough Luxborough Village Hall Full Report (PDF, 1.32MB)Summary (PDF, 470KB)
*Events held on the same day at different times were joint events which were tailored to both of those settlements (i.e. the events were identical) so people could attend either event at a time convenient to them.

Comprehensive reports regarding the overall findings from the community events and the event held for stakeholder groups and organisations on 25th May 2010 are available below. A sustainability appraisal summary of the issues and options presented at the events has also been produced.  

Final Reports File Size
OVERALL YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR REPORT PDF - 709KB
STAKEHOLDER YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR REPORT PDF - 938KB
SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL SUMMARY OF THE YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR CONSULTATIONS PDF - 916KB

YOUTH CONSULTATIONS

We have worked with children at the First, Middle and Primary Schools within the National Park and nearby colleges to gather the views of young people on how they would like to see Exmoor evolve in the future. Details of the school children's work were displayed at the community events and reports of these workshops can be downloaded below.

School/College File
Cutcombe First School PDF, 664KB
All Saints First School, Dulverton PDF, 1MB
Dulverton Middle School PDF, 195KB
Dunster First School PDF, 737KB
Exford First School PDF, 781KB
Ilfracombe Arts College PDF, 599KB
Kentisbury Primary School PDF, 975KB
Lynton Primary School PDF, 1.3MB
Parracombe Primary School PDF, 641KB
Petroc (North Devon College) PDF, 675KB
St Dubricius First School, Porlock PDF, 724KB
Timberscombe First School PDF 1.6MB
West Somerset Community College PDF 189KB 

YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR SURVEYS

During part of 2009 and 2010 a Your Future Exmoor visitor survey was conducted. A report has been produced based on the findings from this survey.

YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR VISITOR SURVEY REPORT (PDF 1.43MB)

A further survey for local residents was undertaken through the Parklife community newspaper which is delivered to all households within the National Park. It provided a further opportunity for local people to give their views, particularly if they were unable to attend one of the community events.

YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR PARKLIFE RESIDENTS SURVEY REPORT (PDF 816kb)

YOUR FUTURE EXMOOR TOPIC GROUP DISCUSSIONS

Four topic group discussions were held during November and December 2010 with individuals and members of organisations to discuss specific issues relating to housing, climate change, recreation and tourism in greater detail.