Planning policy

Planning policy

Our planning policies are the starting point for considering all planning applications in the National Park. When making a decision on a planning application, we must consider:


Background evidence and research support policies of the local plan.

Our Frequently Asked Questions answers some common questions you may have about planning policy, how it is used and the role of the Forward Planning team.

The new Local Plan

The Dartmoor Local Plan was adopted on the 3 December 2021. It is now the development plan for Dartmoor National Park, it is used for deciding planning applications in the National Park and replaces the previous local plan documents.

Go to the Local Plan page