Final set of draft National Park planning policies up for discussion

Local plan

Published Wednesday 17 January 2018

People are invited to comment on revised draft planning policies for the New Forest National Park in a final round of consultation.

The National Park Authority’s revised draft Local Plan has been prepared within the context of recent changes in national planning policy and focuses on protecting the New Forest’s landscape and habitats; meeting affordable housing needs for local people; and conserving and enhancing the Forest’s historic built environment. The latest revisions reflect feedback received during the previous three rounds of public consultation undertaken since the review process started in summer 2015.

In line with Government regulations, this final round of public consultation on the draft Local Plan specifically looks at three aspects:

  1. legal compliance – does the plan meet the legal requirements made under various statutes?
  2. soundness – has the plan been positively prepared, justified, effective, and is it consistent with national policy?
  3. the Duty to Cooperate – has the National Park Authority engaged and worked effectively with neighbouring authorities and statutory bodies?

People can have their say in the six-week consultation from today (17 January) to Wednesday 28 February.

The draft Plan proposes 800 new homes in the National Park by 2036. Housing land allocations are proposed at Whartons Lane in Ashurst; the brownfield former Lyndhurst Park Hotel site; land to the south of Church Lane, Sway; and sites in Calshot and adjacent to the former Fawley Power Station site.

A range of policies aim to make more housing available for local people. The existing stock of housing in the National Park is heavily skewed towards larger properties so the draft Plan looks to increase the supply of smaller homes through restrictions on the size of new homes to a maximum of 100 sq metres (the size of a three-bed house). There is also a requirement that 50% of new housing must be affordable on development sites of three or more homes.

The revised draft Plan supports limited development within the National Park as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the Fawley Power Station site (the brownfield part of which lies outside the National Park).

This would be on the condition that the development in the National Park helps deliver significant public benefits in terms of the design quality of the wider scheme for the brownfield Power Station site, providing new green space, improving access and enhancing habitats.    

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘The planning policies need to be updated because national policies have changed, as well as local circumstances. It’s essential that we set out how we are going to protect the National Park while also ensuring that new development meets the needs  of our local communities.’

Everyone who has previously submitted comments as part of the Local Plan review process to date will be directly notified about the consultation, along with a wide range of statutory and other consultees.

You can comment online at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/localplan; email policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk; or write to Policy Team, New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.

The NPA intends to submit the draft Local Plan, its supporting evidence and the feedback from the consultation to the Secretary of State around the end of April 2018. It will then be examined by a Government Planning Inspector.

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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.

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

Media contact

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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