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Neighbourhood planning

Draft Wellow Neighbourhood Plan – Examiner’s Report

In October 2023 Wellow Parish Council submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to the New Forest National Park Authority and Test Valley Borough Council (as the Plan straddles the administrative areas of both planning authorities). The six-week public consultation on the submitted Wellow Neighbourhood Plan (and supporting documents) ran from 10 November to 18 December 2023. The consultation was co-ordinated by Test Valley Borough Council, as the majority of the parish lies within its planning jurisdiction.

The consultation documents are available under the ‘Wellow Neighbourhood Plan’ tab at the bottom of this page. Further information is also available on the Wellow Parish Council website at Wellow Neighbourhood Plan – Wellow Parish and its future. (wellownhp.org.uk), which includes the evidence base documents.

The draft Wellow Neighbourhood Plan, supporting evidence base documents and all of the representations received during the final six-week public consultation were submitted for independent Examination in late 2023. The examination was dealt with through written representations and in April 2024 the final Examiner’s Report was received. The report recommends that subject to the modifications set out by the Examiner, the Plan can proceed to local referendum. The current intention is that this will be held in July 2024 and will be administered by Test Valley Borough Council.

If you have any questions please contact the Test Valley Neighbourhood Planning team on 01264 368000 or neighbourhoodplanning@testvalley.gov.uk

Draft Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan 

In July 2023 Ringwood Town Council submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council (as the Plan straddles the administrative areas of both planning authorities). The six-week public consultation on the submitted Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan (and supporting documents) ran from Friday 18 August to Friday 29 September 2023.

The draft Plan, supporting evidence base and all the representations received during the final Regulation 16 consultation was submitted for independent examination in November 2023.

The independent examination of the draft Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan has concluded and in February 2024 the Examiner published their final report. The Examiner concluded that subject to the recommended modifications set out in the report, the draft Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan meets the legal tests and necessary conditions.

The next step is for New Forest District Council to arrange the local referendum, which is likely to take place by Summer 2024.

In the meantime, further details on the consultation carried out between August and September 2023 can be found here: Ringwood Neighbourhood Plan – consultation 

New Milton Neighbourhood Plan – ‘made’ July 2021

The draft New Milton Neighbourhood Plan was subject to local referendum on 6 May 2021. At this local referendum a total of 88% of those who voted supported the Neighbourhood Plan, with a turn-out of 35%. Following this positive public endorsement, we formally adopted (or ‘made’) the New Milton Neighbourhood Plan at the full Authority meeting on 1 July 2021 for the part of the parish within the National Park. The statutory ‘Decision Statement’ and adopted Neighbourhood Plan are available via the ‘New Milton Neighbourhood Plan’ tab below.

The adopted New Milton Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for the part of the New Forest National Park in New Milton parish.

Hythe & Dibden Neighbourhood Plan – ‘made’ December 2019

The final draft version of the Hythe & Dibden Neighbourhood Plan, incorporating the Examiner’s required modifications, was the subject of a local referendum on 29 October 2019. At the local referendum 84.8% of those who voted supported the Neighbourhood Plan, with a turn-out of 15%. Following this positive endorsement at referendum, we formally adopted (or ‘made’) the Hythe & Dibden Neighbourhood Plan at the full Authority meeting on 18 December 2019 for the part of the parish within the National Park. The ‘Decision Statement’ and adopted Neighbourhood Plan are available via the ‘Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Plan’ tab below.    The adopted Hythe & Dibden Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for the part of the New Forest National Park in Hythe & Dibden parish.

About Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Localism Act (2011) to allow local communities to prepare a plan for development and land use in their area. More detail about how Neighbourhood Plans work and their preparation can be found on the Planning Portal and Communities and Local Government websites.

As the New Forest is a parished area, neighbourhood plans can be undertaken by parish or town councils. We have a role in supporting communities in preparing a neighbourhood plan by giving advice and assistance to the town/parish council. More detail can be found in our Neighbourhood Planning Protocol (April 2016), which sets out the support we can offer those preparing neighbourhood plans.

Hampshire County Council has also prepared a useful guide on its role in the neighbourhood planning process, explaining the main County Council services that may have to be considered when carrying out neighbourhood planning; links to relevant County Council information; and an explanation of the different roles of the County Council and the Authority in the neighbourhood planning process.

Neighbourhood Plan Areas

In order to start preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, a town/parish council first makes an application to the local planning authority for the designation of the area that their Neighbourhood Plan will cover. In accordance with Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, we formally designated Neighbourhood Plan Areas for the part of the parishes of Milford-on-Sea; Totton and Eling; New Milton; Hythe and Dibden; Lymington & Pennington; Wellow; Fordingbridge; and Ringwood that lie within the National Park.

List of Neighbourhood Areas designated in the New Forest National Park
Name of Neighbourhood AreaGeographical area coveredBody which applied for the designation
Milford-on-Sea Parish (April 2013)Area of the parish of Milford-on-Sea within the National ParkMilford-on-Sea Parish Council
Totton and Eling Town (November 2014)Area of the parish of Totton and Eling within the National ParkTotton & Eling Town Council
New Milton Town (February 2015)Area of the parish of New Milton within the National ParkNew Milton Town Council
Lymington & Pennington Town (September 2015)Area of the parish of Lymington & Pennington within the National ParkLymington & Pennington Town Council
Hythe and Dibden Parish (December 2015)Area of the parish of Hythe and Dibden within the National ParkHythe and Dibden Parish Council
Wellow Parish (June 2016)Area of the parish of Wellow within the National ParkWellow Parish Council
Fordingbridge Town (April 2020)Area of the parish of Fordingbridge within the National ParkFordingbridge Town Council
Ringwood Town (February 2021)Area of the parish of Ringwood within the National ParkRingwood Town Council

Our decision to designate the above Neighbourhood Plan Areas relates only to the part of the areas within the National Park. The reports confirming these designations and a map showing the areas designated within the National Park are available to download below.

Neighbourhood planning

Totton and Eling Neighbourhood Plan

Milford-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan

Lymington & Pennington Neighbourhood Plan



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