New awards scheme celebrates New Forest architecture

building design awards

Published Wednesday 1 July 2015

From traditional thatched cottages to historic houses and more contemporary designs, the New Forest is renowned for the character of its buildings.

Now the New Forest National Park Authority has launched a Building Design Awards scheme to recognise the best new architecture and is asking people to nominate their favourite new buildings.

Submit your nomination.

The Authority hopes that by celebrating the highest quality designs, the Awards will help to raise standards in new developments planned in the future.

Around 1,000 planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year – 88% of which are approved - and the awards scheme is another way to highlight the importance of good design in the National Park.  

Pat Wyeth, New Forest National Park Authority Planning Committee Chairman, said: ‘When people think of the New Forest, it’s not just the breathtaking landscape and the ponies we enjoy but also the unique buildings which make the National Park so special.

‘As the planning authority for the Park, we place a strong emphasis on maintaining and improving the local character of the area through our policies; through working with communities to define what makes their area special so we can protect it; and by providing detailed guidance to people before submitting planning applications.’

Nominations can be made by anyone living or visiting the New Forest National Park and for a really good design that has been completed in the last three years.

People are welcome to nominate their own buildings and awards will be given in the following categories:

  • individual buildings
  • extensions
  • larger developments.

Nominations are open until 30 October 2015 and will be considered by a panel of National Park Authority members and staff, before the annual awards are announced in December 2015

Details of how to submit your nomination can be found at:


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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 Contacts:

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

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