Landscape Action Plan

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Landscape Action Plan and Landscape Character Assessment

The Landscape Action Plan and Landscape Character Assessment were approved by members at a New Forest National Park Authority meeting. Both documents have now been published and are available on the right.

Background to the Landscape Action Plan and Landscape Character Assessment

The Landscape Action Plan is a document containing guidance for people wanting to help maintain the special character of the New Forest, bringing together guidance which already exists in planning documents which have been agreed by a wide range of people. It describes what makes the New Forest landscape so unique and suggests ways of helping to maintain what we all cherish.

Part of the action plan is to assess how the landscape changes over time. This document raises awareness about the landscape – particularly for people coming into the area - and some of the issues which are regularly brought to us by parish councils and other bodies, so we can work together to keep the New Forest special.

Natural England asked all local authorities to prepare Landscape Character Assessments. Natural England has set out a prescribed framework on how the documents should be formulated so they are quite detailed and technical.

The Landscape Action Plan and Landscape Character Assessment were compiled with the help of a wide range of organisations. Final versions of both documents are available on the right.

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