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Pop-up campsites consultation

Views sought on new planning rules for pop-up campsites to help protect the New Forest

A consultation on proposed new planning rules to better regulate all new and larger existing temporary campsites is running from 27 September to 7 November 2021.

The New Forest National Park has seen an increase in pop-up campsites in recent years.

To help protect the environment, we are proposing that planning permission should be required for:

  • all new temporary sites established since 1 March 2020 (irrespective of their size); and
  • all existing temporary campsites established prior to 1 March 2020 with more than 50 pitches.

Background to the consultation

The New Forest National Park has more than three times the number of camping and touring caravan bed spaces per square kilometre than the average of all other English national parks.

There are currently 12 known temporary campsites operating, with pitch numbers ranging from 12 to 90.

Under national permitted development rights, temporary campsites can currently legally operate for 56 days a year without express planning permission and we are proposing introducing an ‘Article 4 Direction’ in the National Park which would require a planning application for all new and the larger existing sites.

Article 4 Directions can be used by local planning authorities to protect the amenity of an area and the National Park Authority believes the use of the Direction within the protected landscape of the National Park is justified.

For more information, you can read our report which was agreed at the Authority meeting earlier in March and the consultation press release.

Have your say

Comments received by 7 November 2021 will be taken into account in deciding whether to confirm the Direction.

Please read the documents below.

Please send your consultation response to the Policy Manager, quoting ‘Article 4 Direction – temporary campsites’:

By email:

By post: New Forest National Park Authority, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9ZG

What happens next

If the Direction is confirmed it will come into effect on 30 September 2022.

Before then, we will produce updated guidance and policies to help inform future planning applications for new and larger campsites.


Executive Director (Strategy & Planning)


'Our planning work promotes high standards of design in development while retaining and enhancing the Forest’s character.'

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