Community works to protect Parish identity

Published Wednesday 4 July 2012

Hyde villagers who captured the character of their local community have had their design guidelines for new development formally adopted by the New Forest National Park Authority.

A Village Design Statement for the Parish of Hyde was prepared by a steering group of local people with the involvement of the wider community, working with Hyde Parish Council and the National Park Authority. The document describes the character of the parish and sets out guidelines for how new development for the area of the parish that lies within the New Forest National Park should be designed so it respects the local distinctiveness of the area.

The draft Village Design Statement went out for a six week period of public consultation earlier this year. All of the comments received during this consultation were considered by the local steering group and members of the National Park Authority before the final version was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document at the annual Authority meeting on 28 June.

The Village Design Statement now forms part of the Local Development Framework for the National Park and provides more detailed design guidance for the Parish of Hyde, to supplement and support the planning policies of the National Park Authority.

Heather Clark, member of the local Village Design Statement Steering Group and co-editor of the Design Statement said: ‘Our Village Design Statement was produced by a working group of local people and takes into account the planning policies of the National Park Authority. We welcome its adoption by the Authority as a Supplementary Planning Document.’

Bill Dow, Chairman of the Parish Council, said: ‘We look forward to seeing the positive effects of the document in helping to retain and enhance the character of the Parish as new development proposals are considered.’

Pat Wyeth, Chairman of the Planning and Development Control Committee, said: ‘The local community in Hyde have worked hard in preparing their draft Village Design Statement. Their design statement reflects how important keeping the area’s character is to the local community.’

For more information and the view the adopted Village Design Statement please visit


Notes to Editor:

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

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