National Park Authority holds Plan public meeting

Published Thursday 13 August 2009

The new interim Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority is inviting members of the public to a meeting to brief them about the next stages of its draft Park Plan.

The meeting is now confirmed as taking place on Wednesday 2 September at Applemore Health and Leisure Centre near the boundary of the National Park and will start promptly at 6pm.

In the meeting Chief Executive Barrie Foley will update the audience on work done to date and the new schedule for taking the draft National Park Management Plan and Core Strategy to the Authority members.

Mr Foley said: ‘I’m keen to make the meeting available to as many people as possible so we’ve picked a large venue and arranged it so people can come straight from work. I have tried to meet as many local people as possible in order to understand the issues surrounding the current draft.

‘This public meeting is another step in the process of revising the draft. We’ve already taken on board some comments including extending the consultation time. We have also split the document into two to make them easier to read and understand.

“My aim is to produce a way forward that is not only for the benefit of the Park but also for the people who live in it too.”

The current plan will now be two documents:

  • the Management Plan outlines the vision and objectives to guide the National Park for the next 20 years.
  • the Core Strategy sets out the Authority’s planning policies dedicated  to the National Park.

The Recreation Management Plan, which looks at recreation issues in more depth, will be available for consultation in early 2010.

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Public meeting poster Location of leisure centre

How to get to the leisure centre

Notes to Editors:

The media are invited to attend the public meeting at Applemore Health and Leisure Centre on Wednesday 2 September. Please email karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk to confirm your attendance. A dedicated area has been arranged for you.

Timeline:

  • Draft Management Plan available to view on the Authority’s website from 22 October.
  • Draft Management Plan taken to the Authority meeting for members to approve on 29 October.
  • General public has two weeks to give feedback on revised draft.
  • National Park Authority has three weeks to read feedback and make any changes.
  • The revised Management Plan is taken to the Authority meeting for members to approve on 10 December.
  • The draft Core Strategy will be available on December 3, considered by members on December 10, followed by six weeks for the public to comment.

Media Contact:

Karen Evans
Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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