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Pre-application advice

Getting advice from a planning officer before making your application is very worthwhile. It can help the process run more smoothly and quickly, while reducing the chances of submitting an invalid application.

Advice in-person

A duty officer is available from 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday, to assist with general planning enquiries on the telephone and for short informal meetings to provide general planning advice. This is a free service.

Advice in writing

Contact us for formal, written advice by emailing

There is a fee for formal written pre-application advice – a schedule of fees and exemptions can be found here.

We aim to acknowledge pre-application requests within three working days of receipt. An acknowledgement letter will advise the name and contact details of the Planning Officer dealing with the application, a response date and reference number. If you need to contact us, please quote the reference number.

A planning officer will write to confirm the advice given at the pre-application stage within 15 working days of receiving your application. All advice given will be based on an objective assessment of the information provided, but will be given without prejudice to any final decision we might take in the matter.

When submitting your pre-application request, where possible, the following supporting documentation should be provided:

  • site location and block plan
  • elevations
  • photographs
  • any other supporting documentation

You can also write to us for advice at New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG

Please be aware that in some instances the case officer may be required to pass your enquiry on to an external consultee as part of the consultation process.

Pre-application fees

National Park Chairman


'It can help to get guidance from our pre-application advice service before you apply.'

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