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Local plan

The planning system is a vital tool in helping to deliver the two National Park purposes and related socio-economic duty. The ‘Local Plan’ sets out the planning framework for the National Park, including the scale and location of new development and the need to conserve the local distinctiveness of the area.

Here are details of the current Local Plan for the National Park – the Core Strategy (2010) – and also how we’re preparing a new Local Plan for the National Park.

Local Plan Review 2016 – 2036: Examination

We started reviewing the Local Plan in summer 2015 and held a final consultation on the proposed Submission draft Local Plan in January 2018. Representations were received from just under 200 respondents.

On 14 May 2018 we submitted the draft Local Plan; copies of all the representations; and a wide range of supporting documents to the Secretary of State for independent examination. Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI and Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI have been appointed to conduct the examination on behalf of the Secretary of State to determine whether the submitted Local Plan is sound. The Inspectors are supported by a Programme Officer – Chris Banks of Banks Solutions – who is appointed by us, but acts independently from us.

On 12 June 2018 the Inspectors wrote to us with their initial questions for the examination. Our response was sent on 22 June 2018. An additional response and accompanying report was sent on 4 July 2018 regarding the implications for the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the draft Local Plan following a recent legal judgement. This response also included a revised schedule of proposed minor modifications and a revised schedule of proposed main modifications to the draft Local Plan.

Hearing dates, Matters, Issues and Questions

In July 2018 the Inspectors published their guidance notes for the examination.

The examination hearing dates (including a list of participants) have been timetabled for Tuesday 6 November to Thursday 15 November 2018 at Lymington Town Hall. The list of matters, issues and questions have now also been published and the deadline for the submission of written hearing statements has now passed. The hearing sessions will be open to the public to observe but only those invited participants will be able to speak. An agenda for each hearing session will be circulated to participants in advance.

All the documents relating to the Local Plan and examination are set out in the Core Documents Library. You can view copies of the core documents, supporting evidence base documents and representations received at our offices at Lymington Town Hall.

Find out more about the examination in this useful guide from the Planning Inspectorate: Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice.

Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD (2010)

The first set of dedicated planning policies for the whole of the National Park was adopted in December 2010. The Core Strategy provides the overall vision, strategic aims and objectives and spatial planning policies for the New Forest National Park.

The Core Strategy will continued to be used to guide decisions on planning applications within the whole of the National Park until it is formally replaced by the revised Local Plan in late 2018 / early 2019.

Core documents list

Statement on submission

Core strategy



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