National Park asks for views on working with communities

Published Wednesday 9 October 2013

The National Park Authority has launched a public consultation on how it works with local communities, organisations and other interested groups.

Like all planning authorities across the country, the National Park Authority has an existing ‘Statement of Community Involvement’, which it is now updating.

The document sets out how people can get involved in the Authority’s work, including developing local planning policies and determining planning applications in the National Park.

A wide range of methods are already used to involve and update local people and groups in the New Forest, including regular liaison meetings with all town and parish councils within the National Park, using social media, and through eight Local Information Points across the New Forest.

The consultation draft document encourages people to sign up to the Authority’s regular email newsletter, which provides free monthly updates on events, projects and consultations. A section on the National Park website also sets out all current consultations being run by the Authority.  

The draft document is available at:  and people are asked to send in their feedback by Friday, 22 November 2013. All comments received will be considered before the final document is prepared and the aim is to take the final revised document to the Authority meeting in December 2013 for formal adoption.


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.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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