Exmoor National Park Committee

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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 authority.  Exmoor National Park Authority decides what measures can be taken to achieve its purposes, which are:

To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park and

To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public

The Authority meets up to 12 times a year at Exmoor House, Dulverton and members of the public are welcome to attend.  There is public question time when the Chairperson will allow members of the public two minutes each in which to ask questions, make statements, or present a petition relating to any item on the agenda for that meeting. For further details, or if you wish to speak at a meeting or to submit a question to be read out, please contact Corporate Support, 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:  Committees@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.ukTel: 01398 323665

Terms of Reference:

The Authority shall comprise all Members of the National Park Authority save that no Member appointed to the Authority for the first time shall take up his seat until he has undergone a programme of training in the planning system approved by the Authority.


The Authority shall exercise functions as follows:

1.    As sole local planning authority for the area of the Park under Section 67 of the Environment Act 1995 in relation to planning control, development planning, including work arising from preparation of local development documents, strategic planning and responding to consultations on planning policy statements, formal consultations on planning matters and changes to the legislative framework of the planning system.

2.    The Authority's delegated and other functions in relation to footpaths and bridleways under the Town and Country Planning Acts, the Highways Acts, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000 and other legislation conferring order-making functions on the Authority.

3.    As hazardous substances authority under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990.

4.    To delegate to the Chief Executive such of the Committee's functions as it considers desirable and expedient and to keep such delegation under review.

Audio and Video Recording

Audio and Video Recording Disclaimer: The Authority takes no responsibility for views expressed by members of the public during recorded public meetings. Views expressed by individual Authority Members are not necessarily those of the Authority itself.   Recordings or any part thereof may be removed from the Authority’s website at any time by the Chief Executive or Monitoring Officer if he/she considers that all or part of the content is, or is likely to be, in breach of any statutory provision or common law doctrine. Examples include breaches of Data Protection, Equality and Human Rights legislation or provisions relating to confidential or exempt information.

If you have any difficulty accessing the audio/video recording, please contact Corporate Support via email Committees@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or 01398 323665

You can find all of the video recordings from June 2018 to Current here -  Link to  Video Recordings on YouTube

Papers for Authority Meetings

If you would like access to archived papers not showing below please contact Committees@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk and we will be pleased to help.