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Local plan

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.

Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD (2010)

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.

Local Plan 2016 – 2036

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.

Publication of Inspectors’ Report (July 2019)

On 24 July 2019, we received the Inspectors’ Report on the Examination of the New Forest National Park Local Plan 2016-2036. The Report sets out the Inspectors’ recommendations and their reasons for them. The Inspectors’ Report concludes that the Local Plan meets the criteria for soundness subject to the inclusion of a number of main modifications. The Inspectors’ Report and schedule of Main Modifications can be viewed below, or in our office at Lymington.

Next Steps

The Authority will be considering the Inspectors’ Report and the formal adoption of the new Local Plan 2016 – 2036 at a full Authority meeting on 29 August 2019. The papers will be available to view on our website the week before the meeting.


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