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Guidance on applying

About half the planning applications we receive are invalid when submitted.

Here are some common pitfalls to be aware of when applying:

  • A valid, up-to-date Ordnance Survey supplier’s licence number must appear on all copies of the site location plan otherwise the plans breach.
  • All drawings submitted with your application must show all sides of the existing and proposed building regardless of whether the proposal can be seen from all sides. Hidden inset elevations are required.
  • Plans should be dated and numbered, show their metric scale, a scale bar and include key dimensions.
  • Electronic drawings should include the print size for example 1:100 at A3.
  • Missing supporting documentation.

There are a number of supporting documents that must be submitted with every application, so please follow our checklists carefully to ensure nothing is missed.

When submitting a written application, two full copies of each application are required, (four for dual applications such as a full and listed building consent application).

Making an online application avoids having to submit multiple copies of your application.

All applications must be in metric and A3 size plans are preferable. We are unable to accept plans larger than A1 size.

Cheques must be made out to ‘New Forest National Park Authority’ in full. Any abbreviations may not be accepted by Lloyd’s and/or may delay processing of the payment.

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'Read our guidance notes before applying to save yourself time in the long run.'

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