Planning Policy

Porlock Weir

The Policy & Community Team is responsible for preparing and monitoring planning policy documents to guide future development and use of land within Exmoor National Park. These documents are also used for making decisions on planning applications and appeals.

When a planning decision is made Supplementary Planning Guidance, Government planning policy and guidance, Neighbourhood Development Plans and other ‘material considerations’ should also be considered.

What are  material considerations? ( link to Planning Portal)

  • Exmoor Local Plan 2011 - 2031

    The Exmoor National Park Local Plan contains the policies that are used to determine planning applications in Exmoor National Park.
  • Supplementary Planning Guidance

    Supplementary planning guidance provides guidance including for the determination of planning applications in Exmoor National Park.
  • Background Research and Monitoring

    Planning policy is based on robust evidence and a good understanding of an area and its issues. Evidence, monitoring and research informs Exmoor National Park's adopted planning policies.