Consultation on draft Design Guide

Published Wednesday 14 September 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority would like your views on a draft guide that aims to help protect the New Forest’s beautiful landscape and distinctive character.

The guide is intended to help and support applicants and agents in preparing proposals for development in the New Forest. It goes through the design process -from understanding landscape and settlement characteristics, to rural building influences, as well looking at matters such as external lighting and opportunities for wildlife. It provides a useful reference to what makes the New Forest a special place.

From Friday 9 September to Friday 21 October comments are being sought on the New Forest National Park Design Guide - Supplementary Planning document that supports the Core Strategy.

Pat Wyeth, joint Lead Member for Local Distinctiveness at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The Guide aims to inform planning decisions and safeguard the National Park well into the future.’

Leo Randall, also Lead Member for Local Distinctiveness at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘It provides a framework to achieve high standards of design and is intended to inspire applicants, agents and others.’

The draft Design Guide aims to:

  • Maintain and enhance the Forest’s rural landscape and built character, while embracing sustainability
  • Seek to retain valued Forest buildings that make a positive contribution to the historic character and appearance of the locality
  • Improve areas where there is the opportunity to reverse the effects of less sensitive development
  • Encourage communities to involve themselves in the design issues relating to the distinct character of the National Park.
The draft Design Guide and response forms are available from or from the Authority’s headquarters at South Efford House, Milford Road, Everton, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 0JD.

Please email comments to or post them to the Authority’s headquarters by 5:00pm on Friday 21 October 2011.


Notes to Editors:
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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