Somerset & Exmoor National Park Authority
Joint Structure Plan Review 1991 - 2011
The Structure Plan (a more strategic plan than the Local Plan and containing broader based policies) will eventually be replaced by policies within the Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD - until this time, the Structure Plan together with the Local Plan will remain in effect and part of the development plan for Exmoor National Park.
Exmoor National Park Authority worked jointly with Somerset County Council in preparing a single Structure Plan which covered the County of Somerset and the Exmoor National Park, including that part within Devon.
Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the adopted Somerset and Exmoor National Park Structure Plan Review was automatically saved for a period of three years until 27th September 2007.
In March 2007, the South West Regional Assembly (SWRA), as Regional Planning Body at that time, made a request to the Secretary of State to save policies in the Structure Plan beyond 27th September 2007. This was to avoid a strategic policy void with the anticipated publication of the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) - the RSS for the South West was never formally published and this tier of regional policy-making is intended to be abolished once the Localism Bill is enacted.
All the policies within the Structure Plan were successfully saved except for Policy 53 which relates to the DETR Trunk Road schemes on the A303. There is no time limit on this status but the Structure Plan policies will eventually be replaced by Local Development Framework (LDF) policies when these are adopted. Please CLICK HERE to see the Saved Structure Plan Policies schedule.