Rural Worker and Succession Farm Dwelling Guidance Consultation

The consultation is now closed. Responses are currently being analysed and proposed changes will be discussed with Authority members in September. The guidance is due to be finalised in November and will be widely publicised once adopted.

Draft Rural Worker and Succession Farm Dwelling Guidance together with the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Screening Report are published for public consultation from Tuesday 7th May until Wednesday 31st July 2019

The draft document intends to assist those who are seeking to provide a rural worker or succession farm worker’s dwelling. It therefore sets out detailed guidance on the practical aspects of making planning applications for new homes for those working in land based businesses in the National Park. Adopted Local Plan policies require such development to meet certain tests and the draft guidance explains in more detail how these issues should be addressed. It also explains size requirements and provides advice on location, siting and design considerations.

The document is intended to be formally adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document to enable greater weight to be given to it when deciding relevant planning applications. This public consultation exercise provides an opportunity for you to have your say on the proposed guidance.

Details on the consultation and how you can view the documents are available below. The response form is also available to view and download to enable you to provide comments. If you need more space then further forms can be printed or photocopied or additional sheets appended. Comments can only be made on the draft guidance as the Local Plan is already adopted and therefore it does not form part of the consultation.

Copies of the reports are available at

  • Exmoor House in Dulverton;
  • the National Park Centres at Dulverton, Dunster and Lynmouth;
  • Lynton and Porlock libraries; and
  • Somerset West and Taunton Offices in Williton and North Devon Council Offices in Barnstaple.