Views sought on preserving the character of Ashurst and Colbury villages

Ashurst and Colbury sign

Published Monday 25 March 2013

Links to 13th century monks and a speech from a future prime minister at the railway station are part of the fascinating village facts unearthed by Ashurst and Colbury residents in the New Forest

Now residents working with the New Forest National Park Authority are asking people for their views on a draft Village Design Statement which they hope will help keep the character of their parish special.

The Statement has taken two years to produce in consultation with local residents and has been prepared by a steering group from the local community which is keen to ensure that the design of any new development in the parish respects the distinctive local character of the area.

When the National Park Authority planning committee considers any applications for the area, the Statement will provide them with more detailed design guidance as a supplement to the Authority’s planning policies.

Pat Wyeth, Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority planning committee said: ‘A great deal of work has gone into the preparation of this document and it shows how important the area’s character is to the local community.’

People are asked to give their views on the draft Ashurst and Colbury Village Design Statement during a six-week public consultation which starts on Monday 25 March.

You can view the Village Design Statement on the National Park Authority website and download a consultation form from the consultation pages.

Please send your completed response form to:
Policy Team, New Forest National Park Authority, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG; or email  All comments will be made publicly available. The closing date for the consultation is 5pm on Monday 6 May 2013.

The draft Ashurst and Colbury VDS will then go to the full National Park Authority meeting on 27 June 2013 to be considered for formal adoption.


Ashurst and Colbury Facts:
•    1230 - references to Colbury can be traced back to the 1230s when monks at Beaulieu Abbey received a gift of land by some ‘tenements’ at Colbury. The Abbey built up the Manor of Colbury and this was confirmed by Edward II
•    1314 - the name Ashurst appears in the 1314 court of records and indicates the area had an established timber trade – the name Ashurst means ‘ash wooded hill’
•    1535 - John Mill, a merchant from Southampton, gains the lease to the manor and he was a direct ancestor of the current owner of the Barker Mills Estate
•    1847 - the railway is opened followed shortly after by the New Forest Hotel – which is still there today
•    1900s – Foxhills was originally a separate village and a number of Edwardian properties and bungalows are built, and can still be seen today
•    1907 - David Lloyd George makes a speech at Lyndhurst Road Station (now Ashurst Station), addressing a gathering of Liberal Party supporters in his position as President of the Board of Trade
•    1920s - originally called Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst and Colbury becomes a parish in the 1920s and a parish council is formed in 1985
•    1940 – British Army sent their wounded soldiers from Dunkirk to Ashurst Hospital.

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

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