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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);

Conservation areaCurrent Status of Appraisal
AllerfordAllerford  Adopted 2017
BossingtonBossington Adopted 2019
DulvertonDulverton Adopted 2019
DunsterDunster Adopted 2018
Exmoor FarmsteadsExmoor Farmsteads Adopted 2018
LuccombeLuccombe Adopted 2018
LynmouthLynmouth Adopted 2018
LyntonLynton Adopted 2019
ParracombeParracombe Adopted 2019
PorlockPorlock Adopted 2013
Porlock WeirPorlock Weir Draft
SelworthySelworthy Adopted 2017
Wootton CourtenayWootton Courtenay Adopted 2018

You can view the Conservation Areas on this map