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Design guide

The New Forest National Park Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is a key part of our planning guidance for the National Park.

As an SPD, it conforms with, and supplements many of the policies set out in our adopted local planning policies. It is a material consideration in determining planning applications and applies throughout the whole of the National Park.

The Design Guide aims to achieve high standards of design in new development while retaining and enhancing the distinctive character of the natural and built environment.

It supports the pre-application process by providing guidance to help applicants, agents and others to respond to the features and rural characteristics that make the New Forest special when designing their proposals.

As required by the relevant planning regulations, this is accompanied by an adoption statement and consultation statement.

Design Guide SPD review and public consultation – September 2021 

We are updating the New Forest National Park Design Guide document to ensure the area continues to be covered by up-to-date design guidance. The draft Design Guide provides guidance to help achieve high standards of design in new development while retaining and enhancing the distinctive character of the National Park. Once adopted, it will apply across the whole of the New Forest National Park and supplements the policies in the adopted National Park Local Plan (adopted August 2019).

As part of the six-week public consultation the following documents and supporting information is available:

Comments are invited between Friday 10 September 2021 and 5pm on Friday 22 October 2021. The response form can be downloaded from this page and comments can be submitted in writing to the Policy Team at the New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington SO41 9ZG or emailed to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk



More New Forest Planning policy

Planning policy is a key statutory function and plays a central role in the achievement of the two National Park purposes and the related socio-economic duty.

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