Committees and meetings

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The table below shows the main committees where decisions are made, and their key roles. To find out more about each committee, and which Authority members sit on it,  just click on the name of the committee in the left hand column of the table below. For a list of all forthcoming meeting dates please see our Meetings Calendar

CommitteePurposeWhen do they meet
Exmoor National Park Authority

Conducts the business of Exmoor National Park Authority.  
As sole local planning authority for the area of the National Park, planning applications that are not delegated to Planning Officers under the Authority's Scheme of Delegation are determined by Members of the Authority at Exmoor National Park Authority meetings.  Authority meetings may also consider other development management matters including preparation of local plans and the duty to co-operate, neighbourhood planning, responding to consultations on national policy and changes to the legislative framework of the planning system. Business relating to finance, personnel, performance management and land and property matters may also be considered and determined at Authority meetings.

Meetings are held up to 12 times each year, usually on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at our Offices in Dulverton.
Partnership Fund CommitteeConsiders applications to the Partnership Fund from Authority projects and from communities, external groups, businesses or individuals for funding for projects which focus on the achievement of National Park purposes, with a weighting to projects that also provide community and economic benefits. 
Standards CommitteeMeets to ensure and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and Officers of the Authority.    
Exmoor Local Access Forum Is an independent statutory advisory body set up by Exmoor National Park Authority in 2002 under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.  The Forum advises the National Park Authority, Natural England, the two local highway authorities covering the area and other statutory bodies about improvement of public access to land for open-air recreation and enjoyment. The Forum meets twice a year at different venues across the National Park and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Exmoor Consultative and Parish ForumProvides a forum for consultation and discussion of matters of principle affecting the National Park and an opportunity to promote better understanding between the National Park Authority, local communities and other bodies having an interest in the National Park. The Forum meets at different venues across the National Park and members of the public are welcome to attend.The Forum meets five times a year at different venues across the National Park and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Having Your Say - Public Participation at Meetings

Please see our guidance note Having Your Say for further details about public participation at meetings.

With the exception of very occasional confidential matters, all of the formal business of the meetings of the Authority and its committees is conducted in public session.  Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the National Park Authority or its committees that are open to the press and public. There is public question time at meetings when the Chairman will allow members of the public two minutes to ask questions, make statements, or present a petition relating to any item on the Agenda for that meeting.   If you wish to speak at a meeting or to submit a question to be read out, please contact Judy Coles, Corporate Support Officer, by email, in writing or by telephone by 4pm on the working day before the meeting, indicating a brief summary of the matter you wish to raise. Email: Tel: 01398 322250 or 01398 323665