COVID Outbreak and Planning on Exmoor

For the foreseeable future we will only have very limited access to Exmoor House Offices and therefore we request that all new planning applications are submitted electronically through the planning portal website. This will help the Planning Team to process your application as quickly as we can.

Due to the ongoing restrictions recommended by the Government in dealing with the current COVID-19 Outbreak and the need to reduce all non essential social gatherings the decision has been taken to temporarily suspend all Planning Surgeries for the foreseeable future. Planning advice can still be given via the telephone at 01398 323665 or via email at

19th March 2020

Planning Fees

Please be aware that from the 1st January 2021 all requests to discharge or agree details required by condition will be subject to the following fees.

£34 for an approval of details in association Householder permissions and £116 for all other permissions. Further guidance can be found here

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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Local Plan

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

Conservation areas

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

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.