New housing proposals for New Forest National Park

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Published Wednesday 21 June 2017

The New Forest National Park Authority is consulting on further proposed changes to its draft planning policies to take into account recent advice from Natural England.

Nearly 400 people and organisations responded to the last round of consultation on its draft Local Plan in Autumn 2016.

The updated advice from Natural England – the Government’s adviser for the natural environment – means that some proposed housing sites are unlikely to be carried forward or will need to be reduced in scale. At the same time, some alternative new sites have been identified.

Steve Avery, New Forest National Park Authority’s Executive Director of Strategy and Planning, said: ‘We’ve been liaising closely with Natural England in considering the potential impacts of new residential development on the internationally protected habitats that cover more than 50% of the National Park.

‘We’ve now received updated advice from Natural England that due to the potential impacts on the protected habitats, new greenfield housing should not be considered within 400 metres of the New Forest Special Protection Area (SPA). This new advice now brings us into line with neighbouring planning authorities.

‘We have already notified all parish and town councils affected and written to everyone who took part in the consultation previously.’

This means that land proposed for housing at Sway is likely to be reduced in size and sites earmarked at East Boldre are likely to be removed from the draft plan altogether.

Mr Avery said: ‘We still need to make provision to meet some of the housing needs arising from the National Park’s communities. We have assessed additional housing sites that have been put forward through the Local Plan review process and potential new sites have been identified at Ashurst Hospital, Copythorne, Cadnam, Fawley and Calshot.

‘In light of these changes, and before undertaking our planned formal consultation in October, we’ve decided to give people this early opportunity to look at the proposals and give us their views.’

This informal public consultation runs for six weeks from Wednesday 14 June – Wednesday 26 July 2017. Please send your comments to the National Park Authority by 5pm on Wednesday 26 July 2017 and email them to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Drop-in sessions

People are invited to view the revised draft plans and discuss the proposals at three drop-in sessions:

  • 11 July 2017: Calshot Car Park : 2pm – 6pm
  • 18 July 2017: Ashurst Hospital Car Park : 2pm – 6pm
  • 20 July 2017: Copythorne Village Hall: 2pm – 6pm 

Timetable

  • Late October – early December 2017 (six weeks): the final formal consultation on the Submission draft Local Plan takes place. In line with the Government’s planning regulations, at this final stage people are asked to comment on the ‘soundness’ of the draft Plan.
  • March 2018: The Local Plan and all of the representations received are submitted to the Secretary of State by March 2018 for independent examination by a Government planning inspector.

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Notes to editors

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

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