New guidance on standards for National Park development

Published Monday 22 October 2012

A new document that sets out the required standards for development, such as new housing, has been adopted by the New Forest National Park Authority.

The document supplements existing planning policies in the New Forest National Park Authority’s adopted Core Strategy (2010), and will be used to inform planning decisions made by the Authority.

It provides detailed guidance for developers on the requirements for car parking and cycling provision associated with new development, ensuring that new development meets sustainable construction standards and the requirements for providing open space.

The document also provides additional guidance on the Authority’s affordable housing requirements and the consideration of new development close to protected New Forest habitats – two issues that are particularly important in the context of planning in the New Forest National Park.

A wide range of people and organisations gave feedback on the document, including town and parish councils, developers and landowners, and the final version was formally adopted by the Authority on 27 September.

Pat Wyeth, Chair of the Planning and Development Control Committee at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The document will provide further clarity for planning applicants and local communities considering new development. The Authority has worked closely with key partners, including Natural England, and has fully considered all of the responses received during the consultation in producing the final document.’

To view the Development Standards document visit


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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