National Park Authority consulting with communities

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Published Tuesday 31 December 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority has set out in a document how it works with local communities, organisations and other interest groups.

Like all planning authorities across the country, the National Park Authority has a ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ and this new document updates a 2007 version.

The document sets out how people can get involved in the Authority’s work, including developing local planning policies, the determination of planning applications and the preparation of other documents and strategies 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.

Policy Manager David Illsley said: ‘The document encourages people to sign up to our regular email newsletter, which provides free monthly updates on events, projects and consultations. You can also see any consultations currently being run on our website.’

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/community-involvement

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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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639

Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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