Planning Minister sees New Forest businesses in action

Planning Minister Nick Boles

Published Tuesday 11 March 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority welcomed Planning Minister Nick Boles and John Glen MP to showcase the thriving and unique Forest economy and the role of National Park planning.

The Minister visited Beaulieu Motor Museum on 6 March and heard about other tourism businesses such as Limewood Hotel and the New Forest Tour open top bus.

He saw buildings converted into offices including the Old Fire Station at Beaulieu, viewed a number of new developments in Lyndhurst and heard how the National Park Authority uses planning to support the diverse economy.

The Minister heard about the:

  • 2,330 businesses in the Forest which generated £0.6 – £1bn Gross Value Added in 2012
  • 1,000 planning applications per year with 80% approved
  • £201 million generated by tourist visits to the National Park in 2011
  • pre-application planning advice supporting high-quality design and good relationships with local landowners
  • efforts to secure broadband for Forest communities.

Planning Minister Nick Boles MP said: 'I was delighted to visit the New Forest and see the work the National Park is doing to protect this part of the country in a way that allows communities to thrive. They are showing how it’s possible to support businesses that will provide much needed jobs in a way that safeguards the magical landscape of the New Forest.'

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Julian Johnson said: ‘We were delighted to be able to show the Minister so many examples of how we are protecting the landscape, while at the same time supporting businesses and the economy. Now we look forward to working with the Minister and colleagues in Government to tackle the challenge of achieving well-designed affordable housing for local needs.’

MP for Salisbury John Glen, who arranged the visit, said: ‘I was delighted to welcome my colleague Nick Boles MP to the New Forest to meet with local members and see first-hand the vibrancy of the local economy and the way the National Park deals with planning issues. I know the meeting will help inform the Government's approach to protecting national parks whilst enabling them to provide for future generations.’


Photo caption:

Planning Minister Nick Boles MP (centre) meets (left to right) National Park Planning Committee Chairman Pat Wyeth; Russell Bowman, Mary Montagu Scott and Rachel Pearson of Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd; MP for Salisbury John Glen; National Park Chief Exec Alison Barnes, Director of Planning Steve Avery, Chairman Julian Johnson and Member Leo Randall.

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.

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Media Contacts:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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