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Supplementary planning documents

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.

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents

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 policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk 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.

  • Wellow Village Design Statement SPD (adopted March 2011)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the area of the parish of Wellow within the National Park.
  • Landford Village Design Statement SPD (adopted March 2011)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the area of the parish of Landford within the National Park.
  • Guidelines for Horse-Related Development SPD (adopted September 2011)
    Provides more detailed guidance to ensure that horse-related development conserves the special landscape of the New Forest. The SPD supplements the Local Plan policies on recreational horse keeping, stables and field shelters and maneges.
  • New Forest National Park Design Guide SPD (adopted December 2011)
    Provides design guidance to help achieve high standards of design in new development proposals.
  • Hyde Village Design Statement SPD (adopted June 2012)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the area of the parish of Hyde within the National Park.
  • Development Standards SPD (adopted September 2012)
    Sets out more detail on the requirements for car parking provision associated with new development, sustainable construction and open space provision. The SPD also provides additional guidance on our affordable housing requirements and further details can be found here.
  • Ashurst and Colbury Village Design Statement (adopted June 2013)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the parish of Ashurst and Colbury.
  • Boldre Parish Design Statement (adopted September 2013)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the parish of Boldre.
  • Sway Village Design Statement (adopted September 2013)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the parish of Sway.
  • Hordle Village Design Statement (adopted January 2015)
    Helps influence the design of new development within the area of the parish of Hordle within the National Park.

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.



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