Exmoor was designated as a National Park in 1954.  Since then, the co-ordination of work to achieve National Park purposes in the area has been undertaken by local government and since 1997 by a free standing Exmoor National Park Authority. 

Exmoor National Park Authority decides what measures to take to achieve the two  National Park purposes;

"To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park"

"To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public"

In carrying out these purposes the Authority has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national parks

All planning applications within the National Park area are determined by the National Park Authority and applications are dealt with at our offices in Dulverton.  Planning policies are there to ensure both rural prosperity and the protection and enhancement of the special character of Exmoor.


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Dartmoor National Park Authority was created by the Environment Act 1995 to:

  • conserve and enhance Dartmoor National Park’s natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage
  • promote opportunities for the public to understand and enjoy the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park.


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