Have your say on the New Forest National Park Local Plan Review

Longslade. Credit Barry Whitcher

Published Monday 3 October 2016

Your comments are invited on the draft Local Plan public consultation between 3 October and 28 November 2016.

Proposed planning policies which will ultimately shape the future of the New Forest National Park are up for discussion as the draft Local Plan is published for public consultation.

An initial stage of public consultation was undertaken in Autumn 2015 asking for people’s views on the key issues that the National Park Authority should address when reviewing its planning policies and for suggestions about any land that should be considered for development.

Responses were received from a wide range of interest groups, parish councils and residents of the National Park and these have helped shape the draft Local Plan.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘Our planning policies are a key way through which we protect the National Park’s special qualities, support the local economy and conserve the distinctive New Forest character of our communities.

‘This draft Local Plan sets out our proposed policies that will ultimately be used to guide planning decisions within the National Park, so it is vital we hear the views of as many people as possible.’

The draft Local Plan includes proposed planning policies to conserve the built and natural environment of the New Forest and meet the needs of the 35,000 people living within the Park.  A number of site allocations for housing and other uses are now included within the draft Plan, which can be viewed at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/localplan.

Comments on the draft Local Plan are invited for eight weeks between 3 October and 28 November 2016.

Please submit your comments:

You can also discuss the draft Plan and give your views at these drop-in events between 2pm and 7.30pm:

  • Tuesday 18 October - Lyndhurst Community Centre
  • Tuesday 1 November - Minstead Village Hall
  • Wednesday 2 November - Sway Village Hall
  • Wednesday 9 November – Godshill Village Hall.

Feedback from this latest consultation period will help revise the document, before the submission draft Local Plan is published for further public comment during summer 2017.

Following an independent examination by a Government planning inspector, the final version of the Local Plan is expected to be in use by 2018.

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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.

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

Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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