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 National 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 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. We also launched 'Call for Sites' and ‘Call for Brownfield Sites’ processes through which landowners and other parties were invited to put forward land which they would like to be considered for development.

Submission draft Local Plan consultation: 17 January to 28 February 2018  

On 17 January 2018 we published our proposed Submission draft Local Plan 2016 – 2036. This represents the final stage in the Local Plan making process (Regulation 19 in the Government’s planning regulations), before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

This final six-week period of public consultation runs from 17 January to 5pm on 28 February 2018. During this six-week period representations are invited on the legal and procedural compliance of the Local Plan, the soundness of the Local Plan and whether the Local Plan conforms with the Duty to Cooperate.

Representations can be submitted online by clicking the ‘Have your say’ button, via email to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk or by post to Policy Team, New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.

Alongside the draft Local Plan, we have also published a wide range of supporting documents and evidence base studies. You can download the documents on the right or come in to our offices in Lymington to look at them.

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    17 January - 28 February 2018
Submission to Secretary of State  April 2018
Examination    Summer - Autumn 2018
Adoption  Winter 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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