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.

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 review process started in summer 2015 and included a formal public consultation on the main issues to be addressed through the new Local Plan. 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.

In October 2016 we published a draft Local Plan for an eight-week period of public consultation. 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.  

Consultation on potential alternative housing sites: 14 June - 26 July 2017

We recently received advice from Natural England on the issue of greenfield residential development close to the protected habitats of the National Park. As such, we re-assessed a number of the proposed Local Plan housing site allocations. Between June and July 2017 we invited feedback on potential alternative housing sites and the comments are currently being considered by the Policy Team.  The comments received - summarised below - will inform the preparation of the Submission draft Local Plan which will be available for public consultation early in the New Year.

Summary of the consultation responses on potential alternative housing sites June - July 2017

What happens next

Set out below is an indicative timetable for the review.

Local Plan Review Indicative Timetable
Stage Date
Submission draft Local Plan public consultation   Early 2018
Submission to Secretary of State  April 2018
Examination    Summer 2018
Adoption  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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