Hundreds attend drop-in sessions on New Forest National Park planning policies review

Local plan

Published Monday 14 November 2016

Local Plan public consultation ends 28 November 2016

Over 800 people attended community sessions to find out more about proposed planning policies which will shape the future of the New Forest National Park.

Now the New Forest National Park Authority is asking people to send in their views before the consultation on the Local Plan ends on 28 November.

The proposed policies will be used to guide planning decisions within the National Park and include suggestions for where housing may be built, how the natural and built environment could be protected and how the needs of communities could be met.

This latest phase of consultation follows an appeal last year for 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.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘It is very encouraging that so many people took the time to find out more about these important proposals through the series of drop-in sessions and meetings across the National Park.

‘Now we would like to encourage as many people as possible to send in their views so we can use their feedback to help shape the next draft of the Local Plan.’

The draft Local Plan can be viewed at

Please send your comments by 28 November:

Feedback from this latest consultation period will help revise the document, before the submission draft Local Plan will be 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.


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 to find out more.

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

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