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Minerals and waste

The New Forest National Park Authority is the minerals and waste planning authority for the National Park.

The Authority is working in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils and the South Downs National Park Authority to produce the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Development Framework. This currently comprises the adopted Minerals and Waste Plan and Policies Map, which cover the whole of the New Forest National Park (including the small area within Wiltshire).


Partial Update to the Hampshire Minerals & Waste Plan – Regulation 18 Consultation

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local plans to be reviewed every five years to assess whether they need updating.  An initial review of the adopted Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (2013) was undertaken in 2018 and concluded that the Plan’s policies remained effective in enabling development and implementation of the Vision. When the Plan was reviewed in 2020 it was concluded that a partial update is needed to ensure full compliance with the NPPF and the National Planning Policy for Waste (NPPW).

A report outlining these issues was considered by members at an Authority meeting in March 2021, which can be viewed here. An updated Local Development Scheme setting out the timetable for a partial update to the Minerals and Waste Plan was endorsed by members at an Authority meeting in July 2022.

The partial update to the Plan will comprise new and updated policies based on up-to-date evidence of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan Area. Importantly, the partially updated Plan aims to establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives. It will set out an updated vision of how this will be achieved and provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision.

Feedback on the Draft Plan is invited from statutory consultees, stakeholders, communities, local organisations and businesses.

The Draft Plan Consultation will run for 12 weeks between 8 November 2022 and 31 January 2023.

More details, including the Draft Plan, evidence base documents and how to respond can be found on Hampshire County Council’s dedicated website for the consultation at the link below:

Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan – Partial Update | Hampshire County Council (


The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan 2013-2030

This Plan incorporates an aggregates target, reflects updated national planning policy and contains a number of strategic minerals and waste site allocations. It will be used to assess minerals and waste planning applications within the National Park for the period up to 2030.

The Hampshire authorities adopted the Plan on 15 October 2013 and you can find out more about the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan from Hampshire County Council’s website. 

Supplementary Planning Documents

Two supplementary planning documents (SPD) covering (i) Oil & Gas Development; and (ii) Minerals & Waste Safeguarding were subject to public consultation between June and August 2015. The minerals and waste planning authorities in Hampshire have considered the consultation responses received and made any necessary amendments. The authorities formally adopted these SPDs in February 2016 and copies are available to download below, with more details available on Hampshire County Council’s website.

Adopted Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan 2013

Chair of the National Park Authority


'Our planning policies have been developed to ensure our duties to conserve and enhance the National Park are incorporated in all planning decisions.'

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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