Exmoor was designated as a National Park in 1954. Since then, the co-ordination of work to achieve National Park purposes in the area has been undertaken by local government and since 1997 by a free standing Exmoor National Park Authority.
Exmoor National Park Authority decides what measures to take to achieve the two National Park purposes;
"To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park"
"To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public"
In carrying out these purposes the Authority has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national parks
All planning applications within the National Park area are determined by the National Park Authority and applications are dealt with at our offices in Dulverton. Planning policies are there to ensure both rural prosperity and the protection and enhancement of the special character of Exmoor.
Who runs the Authority?
Members' Interests: Under Exmoor National Park Authority's Code of Conduct, Members are required to register personal interests, for example: membership of bodies to which the Authority has appointed them; membership of bodies exercising functions of a public nature (eg Parish, District or County Council); membership of any organisation directed to charitable purposes; or membership of any organisation whose principal purposes include the influence of public opinion or policy or which might create a conflict of interest in carrying out the duties of a Member of Exmoor National Park Authority.
Under national rules, Members are also required to register their disclosable pecuniary interests, i.e. their business interests, for example their employment, trade, profession, contracts which they or any company with which they are associated have with the Authority, and wider financial interests they might have (for example investments and assets including land and property within the National Park). Members have a disclosable pecuniary interest if they or their spouse or civil partner has a pecuniary interest as described above; however there is no requirement to differentiate between those pecuniary interests that relate to the Member personally and those that relate to their spouse or civil partner. The declaration of pecuniary interests ensures that the public can have confidence that Members are putting the public interest first and not benefiting the financial affairs of themselves or their spouse or civil partner.
A summary of Members' interests is available here. The full Register of Members' Interests is available for inspection at the Authority's offices at Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset. For further information please contact the Corporate Support Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01398 322250.
Members' Allowances: Members receive an allowance and the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003 require the Authority to adopt a scheme of allowances before the start of each financial year: Scheme of Members' Allowances 2021-22.