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National policy confirms planning authorities may prepare Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) to provide greater detail on their Local Plan policies.
SPDs cannot create new planning policy (which should be subject to independent examination), but they can supplement and provide further detail on adopted policies. Once formally consulted on, SPDs are material considerations in determining planning applications.
We have adopted a number of SPDs to provide greater detail on particular aspects of the Local Plan for the National Park. Details of the adopted SPDs are below with the document downloads on the right.
We adopted the New Forest National Park Revised Habitat Mitigation Scheme SPD on Thursday 9th July 2020. It comes into effect immediately and replaces the habitat mitigation scheme contained within Chapter 6 and Annex 5 of the Development Standards SPD (2012). It provides guidance on the implementation of Local Plan Policy SP5: Nature conservation sites of international importance and sets out a package of mitigation measures to address the recreational impacts of new development in the National Park on the integrity of the New Forest’s internationally designated sites. The adopted SPD is accompanied by:
If you are unable to access these documents online please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for hard copies to be made available for you.
Any person with sufficient interest in the decision to adopt the Supplementary Planning Document may apply to the High Court for permission to apply for judicial review of that decision. Any such application must be made promptly and in any event, not later than 9 October 2020 (3 months after the date of adoption).
After the new Local Plan for the National Park was adopted in August 2019, we also reviewed the weight that can be given to the adopted SPDs. These details are set out in a separate ‘addendum’ for each SPD dated October 2019.
We are continuing to work alongside the local communities preparing Village Design Statements, which will be presented for adoption as SPD where they complement our planning policies and have fulfilled the statutory requirements for public consultation.
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.