Local plan

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New Forest National Park Local Plan

The planning system is a vital tool in helping to deliver the two National Park purposes and related socio-economic duty.

The 'Local Plan' sets out the planning framework for the National Park, including the scale and location of new development and the need to conserve the local distinctiveness of the area.

Set out below are details of the current Local Plan for the Park - the Core Strategy (2010) - and also the work we are currently doing to prepare a new Local Plan.

Call for brownfield sites

As part of our on-going work on the Local Plan Review, in February 2017 we launched a call for brownfield sites through which individuals and landowners are invited to suggest brownfield sites within the New Forest National Park that they consider have development potential for housing, employment, gypsy and traveller sites or sites for travelling showpeople. Find out more about the call for brownfield sites.

Local Plan Review

The national planning system has changed significantly in recent years and we are therefore updating our planning policies to ensure they continue to provide a clear framework for planning decisions in the Park. The updated policies will be set out in a new Local Plan covering the whole of the New Forest National Park.

The review process started in summer 2015 and included a formal public consultation on the main issues to be addressed through the new Local Plan. As part of this initial consultation, we also launched a 'Call for Sites' process through which landowners and other parties were invited to put forward land which they would like to be considered for development.

Following consideration of the consultation responses received in 2015, in October 2016 we published a draft Local Plan for an eight-week period of public consultation, running to 28 November 2016. This consultation has now closed and no further representations will be accepted. A summary of the consultation responses received during this period of public consultation is available here:

Summary of the consultation responses on the draft New Forest National Park Local Plan 2016 - 2036

In addition, we also received a signed petition opposing the proposed development of housing and public open space at Church Lane in Sway contained within the consultation draft Local Plan.  

Supporting documents

Alongside the consultation draft Local Plan itself we also made a number of supporting documents available (please see box on the right), including:

  • Consultation statement
  • Duty-to-cooperate statement
  • Frequently asked questions document
  • Sustainability appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment report
  • Housing topic paper (sets out the work undertaken since the 'Call for Sites' exercise was launched)
  • Economy topic paper
  • Historic environment topic paper.

What happens next

Now that the Autumn 2016 consultation has closed, we are considering the responses received and the results of additional evidence base studies. There will be further consultation opportunities for people to engage in the review of the Local Plan before it is formally adopted and set out below is an indicative timetable for the review.

Local Plan review indicative timetable

Stage Timetable
 Consultation on draft Local Plan  October/November 2016
 Consideration of responses  January - September 2017
 Consultation on Submission Plan  October - December 2017
 Submission to Secretary of State  March 2018
 Examination  Summer 2018
 Adoption of new Local Plan  Late 2018

Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD (2010)

The first set of dedicated planning policies for the whole of the New Forest National Park were adopted in December 2010. The Core Strategy provides the overall vision, strategic aims and objectives and spatial planning policies for the New Forest National Park. The Core Strategy is used to guide decisions on planning applications within the whole of the National Park. The Core Strategy, adoption statement and supporting documents are available to download on the right.


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