Conservation Areas (planning)

Exmoor National Park has 16 Conservation Areas. These are areas designated for their 'special architectural and historic interest.'

Within conservation areas, certain additional planning controls apply, although generally these are very similar to those that apply across the whole of the National Park.  You will need to apply for planning permission for demolition and give notice of works to trees.

Please see this link to planning portal

with regard to demolition advice and for trees please see this link 

It is best practice to undertake regular Appraisals of Conservation Areas. The Appraisal highlights the key character of the area and sets out actions that may be required to maintain and enhance these areas.

The Conservation Area Appraisals for the 16 Exmoor Conservation Areas can be viewed below (the Exmoor Farmsteads document covers 4 separate Conservation Areas).

As part of Exmoor National Park Authority’s Conservation Area review, it is proposed that Simonsbath and Winsford are designated as a Conservation Areas.

To find out how this might affect you and to comment on the draft Conservation Area appraisals there are drop-in sessions that are going to be held in both Simonsbath and Winsford.

For Simonsbath these will be held at: White Rock Cottage, Simonsbath, TA24 7SH


Tuesday, 4 October at 16.00 - 18.00

Friday, 21 October at 12.00 - 14.00

For Winsford these will be held at: Winsford Village Hall, Exford Road, Winsford, TA24 7JE


Monday, 3 October at 16.00 - 18.00

Thursday, 20 October at 12.00 - 14.00

Comments can also be emailed to or sent to Planning and Sustainable Development , Exmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL Tel: 01398 323665.

The consultation period for both areas ends 4 November 2022.

Conservation areaCurrent Status of AppraisalInteractive Map
AllerfordAllerford  Adopted 2017Allerford Map
BossingtonBossington Adopted 2019Bossington Map
DulvertonDulverton Adopted 2019Dulverton Map
DunsterDunster Adopted 2018Dunster Map
Exmoor FarmsteadsExmoor Farmsteads Adopted 2018Colton FarmLeigh Barton, Lower East LynRansacombe Farm
LuccombeLuccombe Adopted 2018Luccombe Map
LynmouthLynmouth Adopted 2018Lynmouth Map
LyntonLynton Adopted 2019Lynton Map
ParracombeParracombe Adopted 2019Parracombe Map
PorlockPorlock Adopted 2022Porlock Map
Porlock WeirPorlock Weir Adopted 2022Porlock Weir Map
SelworthySelworthy Adopted 2017Selworthy Map
SimonsbathDraftSimonsbath  Map
WinsfordDraftWinsford Map
Wootton CourtenayWootton Courtenay Adopted 2018Wootton Courtenay Map

You can view all the Conservation Areas on this Interactive map

Simonsbath Public Guidance leaflet

Winsford Public Guidance leaflet