Helping to inspire good building design in the New Forest


Published Monday 7 April 2014

People who love living in the New Forest are given a helping hand with a new online tool showing building design at its best.

The New Forest National Park Authority aims to achieve high standards of design and to conserve the local New Forest character when new building development is permitted.

The online design case studies show through a range of examples how new development can help enhance the built environment of the National Park - from Forest cottages designed to sensitively incorporate modern day aspirations while retaining traditional qualities, to how a plain home has been replaced with a fine contemporary building blending the old and the new.

Property owners and designers can use the tool for guidance on materials and structures which fit in with the underlying New Forest character through imaginative solutions.

Pat Wyeth, New Forest National Park Authority Planning Committee Chairman said: ‘The built environment of the Forest is one of the precious assets which make the National Park so special and is one of the main reasons why people love to live and visit here.

‘We hope homeowners will use this new tool so they can play their part in keeping the New Forest special and distinctive for generations to come.’


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Contemporary building in the New Forest blending the old and new.

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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.

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Media Contact:
Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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