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Consultation on draft Revised Habitat Mitigation Scheme

Consultation on draft Revised Habitat Mitigation Scheme

The consultation has now closed.


Over half the New Forest National Park is internationally protected because of its rare habitats and wildlife, the highest proportion of land of any planning authority in England.

It has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).

Evidence gathered as part of the Local Plan review concluded that all new residential development and visitor accommodation throughout the National Park will need mitigation for their recreational impacts on these internationally designated sites. Further background information about the recreational impacts from new development on the internationally designated nature conservation sites of the New Forest can be found here.

We are consulting on revising our Habitat Mitigation Scheme Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide an appropriate package of measures to mitigate these impacts.

This draft SPD provides:

  • guidance on implementing Policy SP5 of the adopted Local Plan: Nature conservation sites of international importance
  • outlines how a financial contribution to this revised Scheme will in most cases secure mitigation measures to comply with the requirements of the Habitats Regulations and avoid recreational impacts affecting the integrity of the designated sites
  • revises the existing 2012 Habitat Mitigation Scheme. The revisions reflect the higher level of development planned in the new Local Plan; recognise that mitigation is required for the lifetime of the development; and include the latest evidence on mitigating impacts.

Representations are invited on the draft Revised Habitat Mitigation Scheme SPD between Wednesday 8 January and 12 noon on Wednesday 19 February 2020. Comments received outside these dates will not be considered.

Planning Regulations also require:

These consultation documents are also available to view at the New Forest National Park Authority office at Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, S041 9ZG between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

All of the representations made during the six-week consultation period will be considered and any amendments will be made before the revised SPD is considered at a full National Park Authority meeting for formal adoption.

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