Have your say on vision for the Park

Published Wednesday 21 October 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is asking for your views on the revised draft Management Plan which sets out the vision for the New Forest for the next 20 years.

The Plan, available online from 22 October, will look at the main issues, define objectives for the next 20 years and show how they are going to be achieved by setting out priority actions for the next five years.

Barrie Foley, interim Chief Executive, said: ‘The revised draft strongly reflects the comments received during the consultation so far.  Following feedback and public engagement, not only the content but the whole tone, style, length and look of the revised draft has changed.

Mr Foley added: ‘This draft Management Plan is a blueprint for everyone in the Park. During the ongoing consultation process we have had over 10,000 responses from many people and stakeholder organisations. We are extremely grateful to all of them.

‘It’s important to realise that the Plan’s aims cannot be realised by the National Park Authority alone. It is only through working together with all the different interest groups in the Forest and surrounding area that we can protect and enhance this beautiful place.

‘Going forward, we see the National Park Authority as a champion for the New Forest area by coordinating and supporting all the different groups, working together for the benefit of all.’

The Authority’s detailed planning policies will follow in the separate ‘Core Strategy’ document which will be subject to further public consultation early in the New Year. Likewise the ‘Recreation Management Strategy’ document will be submitted in early 2010.

To save costs, help the environment and avoid the postal strike, the Authority is encouraging as many people as possible to download the draft Plan from its website www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.

However if you would like a copy sent to you please email nationalparkplan@newforestnpa.gov.uk, telephone 01590 646600 or write to the New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road

Lymington, SO41 0JD.

The closing date for comments on the revised draft Management Plan is Thursday 12 November. Please send all comments to the addresses above.

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Notes to editors:
Management Plan Timeline:
22 October - draft Management Plan available to view on the Authority’s website.
General public has three weeks to give feedback on revised draft (please send comments in by 12 November).
9 October - draft Management Plan taken to the Authority meeting for members to review.
National Park Authority has three weeks to read feedback and make any changes.
10 December - the revised Management Plan is taken to the Authority meeting for members to approve.

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