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Deadline approaching to have your say on Ashurst Hospital site redevelopment

Deadline approaching to have your say on Ashurst Hospital site redevelopment


People have until 6 March to have their say on proposals for redeveloping part of the Ashurst Hospital site for 30 homes or care accommodation.

New Forest National Park Authority’s draft Local Plan – its suite of planning policies – has already been through several rounds of consultation since 2015 and two weeks of examination hearing sessions by Government Planning Inspectors in November.

During the review, NHS Property Services promoted the site for redevelopment, stating that part of the hospital site had now become surplus to its requirements and asking for it to be included in the policies for housing. The existing birthing centre (the Snowden Building) would be retained on the site.

As this would be a change to the draft Local Plan which people previously had their chance to comment on, the Inspectors asked for a further six-week consultation on the proposals for including the Ashurst site among the draft Local Plan sites earmarked for development.

It’s the only additional site the Inspectors asked the Authority to consider for development and this is the only aspect of the whole Plan people are being invited to comment on during this latest consultation.

Steve Avery, New Forest National Park Authority’s Executive Director of Strategy and Planning, said: ‘This current consultation allows local residents, statutory consultees and other interested parties to give feedback on the wording of the draft policy and to review the supporting documents.’

The public consultation runs until Wednesday 6 March 2019. Details can be found at

Comments should be emailed direct to the Planning Inspectors, addressed to ‘the Local Plan Programme Officer’ at by 5pm on Wednesday 6 March.

The consultation will be followed by a one-day public hearing at Lymington Town Hall on 21 March.

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