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Design guidance

Policies referring to building design are contained in the adopted New Forest National Park Local Plan 2016 – 2036 which can be found on the Local Plan page.

The policies relevant to design are contained in Chapter 6 Protecting and Enhancing the Historic & Built Environment.

We publish a number of supplementary planning documents which provide design guidance:

National Park Design Guide review – September 2021

We are in the process of reviewing and updating the National Park Design Guide SPD in line with current national policy and guidance. The revised draft Design Guide document is the subject of a six-week public consultation between 10 September – 22 October 2021. Further details can be found at

Building design guidance

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