Wetland restoration planning application to be considered in November

Latchmore Brook

Published Friday 7 October 2016

A planning application for a wetland restoration scheme at Latchmore Brook in the New Forest will be considered by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee in November.

Natural England has been undertaking an on-going review of wetland restoration projects across the whole of the National Park for the past 12 months, looking at the evidence supporting wetland restoration projects in the New Forest.

Both Natural England and landowner the Forestry Commission recently agreed to prioritise finalising this assessment via a peer review, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

Steve Avery, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Whilst we have been advised that this work does not include a detailed review of the Latchmore Brook planning application, we have nonetheless made the decision to delay reporting the application to the Planning Committee from the original date in October to 15 November, to allow the review to be completed.

‘In the meantime, both Dr Julian Lewis MP and Sir Desmond Swayne MP have asked the Secretary of State to consider "calling in" the application. The Planning Minister’s reply notes that, whether called in or not, the Authority still has to make a clear recommendation on the application. We are keeping Government Planning officials informed as the application progresses, which includes the revised timetable for reporting the application to the Planning Committee.’

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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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