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Policies in detail

National Planning Policy

In February 2019, the Government updated its National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF reiterates the Government’s support for National Parks, stating that they have ‘…the highest status of protection in relation to landscape and scenic beauty…’ and that great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks (paragraph 172).

Local Plan Review

In late 2015 we began reviewing the adopted Core Strategy (2010). The review will ensure that the New Forest continues to be covered by an up to date planning policy framework. Further details can be viewed on our Local Plan webpage here.

Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD

The main document that has been  prepared within the Local Development Framework is the New Forest National Park Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD). This document contains planning policies and more detailed development management policies to guide new development. It was adopted in December 2010 and is implemented primarily by the National Park Authority as the local planning authority. The Core Strategy will be superseded by the new Local Plan 2016 – 2036 on its adoption in August 2019, and will be accompanied by an updated Policies Map.

Find out more about the Core Strategy and view the accompanying Proposals Maps at the bottom of this page.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Following the adoption of the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD in December 2010, we have also prepared and adopted a number of Supplementary Planning Documents to provide greater detail on a number of policies.

These Supplementary Planning Documents have been through a statutory public consultation period and are material in the consideration of planning applications within the National Park.

Annual Monitoring Report (AMR)

Annual Monitoring Reports are published at the start of every year looking back at the preceding financial year (April – March). The annual Reports review the performance of the current planning policies covering the National Park and also progress made in Local Plan preparation.

Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

This was formally adopted by the Authority in December 2013. The document sets out how we intend to consult the community and other stakeholders on producing local development documents and planning applications.

Local Development Scheme

We are required to publish a Local Development Scheme setting out the timetable for preparing our revised Local Plan over the next three years. The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for the main milestones during the preparation, consultation, examination and adoption of the revised Local Plan.

Our revised Local Development Scheme was brought into effect on 12 October 2017 and can be viewed via this webpage. There is a separate Hampshire Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework which covers the National Park.

National planning policy

Core strategy

Local Development Scheme

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