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Local Plan Review

On 1 November 2018 the Council submitted the Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy, supporting documents and copies of representations made during the formal pre-submission publication period, to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The Examination hearings took place during June and July 2019.

The Inspectors have identified that Main Modifications are necessary in order for the Local Plan 2016-2026 Part 1 to be found 'sound'. As part of the Examination process the Inspectors asked the Council to undertake a public consultation on the proposed Main Modifications and associated Sustainability Appraisal Addendum and Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment. The consultation period commenced on 13 December 2019 and ran for a period of seven weeks closing on 31 January 2020. This consultation has now closed. The representations received have been sent to the Inspectors for their consideration.

Details of the Local Plan Review, covering the period 2016 - 2036 can be found here.

All updates about the Local Plan examination process, timetable and available information will be made available on the Local Plan examination web page.

Planning Policy

Planning policies set the framework under which decisions on planning applications are made. They set out what development can happen, where, and how much there can be. With significant areas of nature conservation and landscape importance, planning policies in New Forest District are also directed towards protecting the natural environment and heritage.

Some planning policies are set at a national level by the Government. National planning policies for England are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Under the policy framework provided by the NPPF, local planning policies are set out in a group of documents which are known together as the Local Development Framework. The documents which make up the Local Development Framework for New Forest District (outside the National Park) are set out below.

The Local Plan is the key local planning policy document.

The Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy, adopted in 2009, sets the planning strategy for the area up until 2026. The Council is in the process of reviewing this plan.

The Local Plan Part 2: Sites and Development Management, adopted on 14 April 2014, sets out more detailed polices including identifying specific sites for new development.

The Planning Services Privacy Notice can be read here.

New Forest District Council Privacy Notice can be read here.

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Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy
for New Forest District

Local Plan Part 2: Sites and
Development Management

Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1:
Planning Strategy

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Supplementary Planning Documents 
and other guidance

Community Infrastructure Levy

Neighbourhood Planning

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Local Development Scheme

Statement of Community Involvement

Monitoring Report

Updated: 18 Mar 2020
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