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The planning system is a vital tool in helping to deliver the two National Park purposes and related socio-economic duty. The ‘Local Plan’ sets out the planning framework for the National Park, including the scale and location of new development and the need to conserve the local distinctiveness of the area.
Here are details of the current Local Plan for the National Park – the Core Strategy (2010) – and how we’re preparing a new Local Plan for the National Park.
The first set of dedicated planning policies for the whole of the National Park was adopted in December 2010. The Core Strategy provides the overall vision, strategic aims and objectives and spatial planning policies for the New Forest National Park.
The Core Strategy will continue to be used to guide decisions on planning applications within the National Park until it is formally replaced when the revised Local Plan is adopted later in 2019.
We started preparing the Local Plan in summer 2015 and held a final consultation on the proposed Submission draft Local Plan in January 2018. On 14 May 2018 we submitted the draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The Submission documents and evidence base documents can be viewed below.
More details of the Examination and the Hearing sessions can be viewed on the Local Plan Examination webpage.
We will publish the Inspectors’ report on this webpage when we receive it.
The Examination hearing sessions for the Local Plan have ended. Consultation on the proposed main modifications arising from the hearing sessions has now closed and the Inspectors’ Report is expected later in 2019.
We have also prepared an informal track-changed version of the Local Plan to include all Main Modifications and Minor Modifications proposed to the draft Local Plan since submission in May 2018. This version is for information only and subject to further change before it is adopted.
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.