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Nominate your best New Forest building design

Nominate your best New Forest building design


From thatched cottages to eco homes and historic houses to beach huts, the New Forest National Park is renowned for the character of its buildings.

Now the New Forest National Park Authority is rewarding high quality design by asking people to nominate their favourite building which has been completed in the last three years.

The New Forest Building Design Awards recognise the best new developments in the National Park, with new buildings, larger developments and extensions eligible for an award. This year a new category of best green building has been introduced to mark the 70th anniversary of National Parks which Government is celebrating with a nationwide Year of Green Action.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards have previously recognised everything from a new-build housing scheme in Lyndhurst; to Brockenhurst College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) building; a traditional thatched cottage in Woodgreen and Lepe Country Park’s new visitor centre and cafe.

Around 900 planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year — 85 per cent of which are approved – and the awards scheme is another way to highlight the importance of good design in the National Park.

Nominations can be made by anyone living in or visiting the New Forest National Park and must be for a high standard design that has been completed in the last three years.

Gordon Bailey, Deputy Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, said: ‘We work with planning applicants to conserve and enhance the New Forest’s built environment because it helps to make the National Park such a special place.

‘As the planning authority for the National Park, we join up with local communities to set out what makes their area special so we can protect it. Through our planning policies and the detailed design guidance, we’re constantly looking to improve the quality of building design in the National Park. These awards support that process, so we hope to receive many nominations from local residents, visitors, developers and parish councils.’

People are welcome to nominate their own buildings and awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Best residential scheme (household extensions, new dwellings, conversions to residential)
  • Best non-residential scheme (industrial units, boat sheds, outbuildings not in residential use)
  • Best conservation project (extensions to a Listed Building, restoration of a Listed Building, repair of a Building at Risk)
  • Best green building – showcasing sustainable construction and materials

Nominations are open until 31 December 2019 and the winners will be chosen in the new year by a panel of members drawn from the National Park Authority’s Planning Committee.

Submit your nomination at

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 to find out more.

Media Contact:

Maria Court, Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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