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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).
The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan 2013-2030
This Plan is a revision of the former Hampshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy which was adopted in 2007, and incorporates revised 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.
Examinations into the Plan were held in June 2012 and again in March 2013. The independent Planning Inspector, appointed to examine the Plan, concluded that the Plan is ‘sound’ subject to some modifications and can be adopted by all the partner authorities.
The Hampshire authorities adopted the Plan on 15 October 2013 and you can find out more about the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan adoption process from the County Council’s website. The formal ‘Adoption Statement’ can also be viewed on this page.
As 2018 marks five years since the adoption of the Plan, officers of the Authority, together with the partner authorities of Hampshire County Council, Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils, and the South Downs National Park Authority, have been considering whether the Plan remains up to date and effective, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework, revised in July 2018. The initial view of officers is that the Plan does not need to be reviewed at this time, and a report to this effect was considered by members at an Authority meeting in October, which can be viewed here.
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 on the right, with more details available on Hampshire County Council’s website.
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.