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Local plan

"Please drive slow for the ponies"


Polly Smythe


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.

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.

The Inspectors will be supported by a Programme Officer – Chris Banks of Banks Solutions – who is appointed by us, but acts independently from us. The Inspectors will conduct a series of public hearings during the Local Plan examination and the initial timetable will be provided soon. 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

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