Core strategy

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The New Forest National Park Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD

The first set of dedicated planning policies for the whole of the New Forest National Park area was adopted by the National Park Authority on 9 December 2010. The Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) provides the overall vision, strategic aims and objectives and spatial planning policies for the New Forest National Park for the period to 2026.

Hundreds of planning policies from previous plans that covered the National Park (including the areas within the New Forest District, Test Valley Borough and Wiltshire) have been simplified into a succinct set of 42 policies (as set out in Annex 1 of the document). The Core Strategy will now be used to guide decisions on planning applications within the whole of the National Park.

Following the Examination in Public of the Core Strategy in September 2010, the Government’s appointed Planning Inspector judged the Core Strategy to be ‘sound’ in that it is justified, effective, and  consistent with national policy.  He confirmed that it provides an appropriate basis for planning within the National Park. The Core Strategy, the adoption statement and supporting documents can be seen below:

  1. Core strategy (you are here)
  2. Core strategy by chapter and policy
  3. Proposals map
  4. Examination in public


Core strategy

Core strategy by chapter

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