Planning policy

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The Government has made National Park Authorities the sole planning authorities for their areas, including plan-making, enforcement, development control and minerals and waste planning responsibilities.

Planning policy is a key statutory function and plays a central role in the achievement of the two National Park purposes and the related socio-economic duty. 

As well as preparing the statutory ‘development plan’ for the whole of the National Park, the Authority has responsibility for preparing supplementary planning documents, annual monitoring and, under the Localism Act 2011, working with local communities on Neighbourhood Plans.

Local Plan Review

In late 2015 we began reviewing the adopted Core Strategy (2010). The review will ensure that the New Forest continues to be covered by an up to date planning policy framework and we are working towards preparing a submission draft version of the new Park-wide Local Plan in 2017.

As part of this process we published a draft Local Plan for an eight week period of public consultation between 3 October and 28 November 2016. View a summary of the consultation responses received, together with details on the next stages including details on the current consultation on Potential Alternative Housing Sites (14 June - 26 July 2017).

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