Development standards

Chive flowers on the allotments at East Boldre

Development Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Development Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Authority on 27 September 2012. The SPD becomes a key part of our Local Development Framework. As a SPD, it conforms with and supplements many of the policies set out in our Core Strategy and Development Policies DPD (December 2010). It is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and applies throughout the whole of the National Park.

The SPD sets out more detail on the requirements for car parking provision associated with new development, sustainable construction and open space provision. The document also provides additional guidance on our affordable housing requirements and the consideration of development close to the protected New Forest habitats.

As required by the relevant Planning Regulations, this is accompanied by an adoption statement and consultation statement.

Solent Special Protection Areas

In addition to the requirements for developers as outlined above, we will also require developers to mitigate against recreational pressure from new development on the Solent Special Protection Area, an area of the Solent coastline protected internationally as a nature conservation site. Details of the updated Mitigation Scheme operated by the Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership can be found at:

How this scheme applies in the New Forest National Park is explained in the Explanatory Note (see link opposite) which was updated in early 2018. This note sets out the revised developer contributions that will be sought from developments granted permission from 1 April 2018 onwards within the National Park. 


Solent Special Protection Area

Solent Recreation Mitigation Project Explanatory Note 2018

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