First New Forest National Park Corporate Plan

Published Friday 1 September 2006

The New Forest National Park has launched its first Corporate Plan- a vision and plan of action for the next two years (2006-2008).

The Plan sets out the Authority’s work programme and how it will be measured.

The Corporate Plan marks the long journey the Park Authority has come in such a short space of time.

In March 2005, the Authority started with a small handful of borrowed staff, borrowed office space and a lot of optimism. By the time it took up its full powers on 1 April 2006, the Authority had permanent staff, interim offices, a planning department and the willpower to make a difference.

As a National Park the Authority faces huge challenges: the pressures of the south-east and south-west for housing, transport and economic development; the need to balance conservation and recreation; climate change and the future of commoning.

The Plan reveals the scale and the importance of these huge tasks and how the Authority aims to tackle them.

Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive said: ‘The Authority brings together all of those who care for the New Forest to provide a unified strategy and a voice for the whole of the National Park and to meet the major local, national and global challenges.

‘This plan is the first step on the road to realising the potential benefits of the National Park for the New Forest.

‘If the Authority achieves even a proportion of this ambitious Plan it will succeed in making a difference.’

The Corporate Plan is available on the Park’s website, www.newforestnpa.gov.uk in an easy to use programme that allows the user to choose sections of the plan that are of interest to them.

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans - Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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