Welcome to the Exmoor National Park planning pages

The built environment, individual buildings, villages and settlements are as much a part of what makes Exmoor special as the natural beauty, wildlife and bustling communities. Planning has a vital role to play in ensuring that new development is well designed and carefully sited so that it contributes to the variety and quality of Exmoor's landscape and provides homes and work places for its inhabitants. Exmoor National Park is a working and living community where development is necessary to ensure that the needs of the community, businesses and visitors are met. 

The Local Plan adopted in July 2017, sets out a range of policies that allow development to take place and we, as the Local Planning Authority permit approximately 95% of the applications which are submitted.

The planning policies seek to ensure that development is of the right scale, directed to appropriate locations and conserves and enhances the character and appearance of the National Park. Development proposals should be of a high quality so that the special qualities of the National Park are maintained.

Some planning decisions are decided by the Authority's Committee.

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ATTENTION: Please be aware that from the 1st May there is a change to the frequency of the planning surgeries, residents will now be able to attend planning surgeries in Lynton on the first Wednesday of each month and Porlock surgeries will be held on the third Monday of each month between 10am and midday.

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Click on the links below to find the information you need.

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Planning Map

The Planning Portal

North Devon Council Planning Pages

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Local Plan

The Authority adopted the Exmoor National Park Local Plan 2011-2031 in July 2017. Read more

Conservation areas

These are "special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."
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Affordable Housing

The National Park Authority is committed to working with both communities and individuals to try to meet the local affordable housing needs of Exmoor.
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