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New Forest District Council publishes plan to provide 10,500 new homes

This stage of developing a Local Plan includes the opportunity for individuals and organisations to make comments that will go with the Plan to its final examination stage.  

Responding to changes in national planning policy and the need to build more new homes, the Council's new Plan sets out how the Council will meet the challenge of accommodating growth in such a sensitive area, which is subject to many environmental constraints.

Under the new Plan, some 10,500 new homes will be built in the district (in areas outside of the National Park) up to 2036, with major residential development areas proposed north of Totton, north of Marchwood, around Ringwood, north and west of Fordingbridge and at the former Fawley power station site.

Further sites are also proposed for development around Lymington, Milford on Sea, Hordle, New Milton and Bransgore.

To achieve the target, local housebuilding rates will need to more than double from an average of 200 a year to an average of 500 a year. 

In preparing its Plan, the Council has sought to direct as much of the new housing as possible towards meeting the needs of local people. The Plan's policies seek to maximise the provision of homes that will be affordable, requiring 35% of homes in Totton and the Waterside and 50% elsewhere be affordable housing.

In planning for this new development the Council is giving high priority to achieving sustainable development that is well designed and avoiding impacts that may affect important European Nature Conservation sites such as the New Forest and coast. It has also sought to minimise the release of land from the Green Belt, although it has not been possible to avoid changes to the Green Belt boundary completely.

Portfolio Holder for Planning and Infrastructure, Cllr Edward Heron,  "This plan has enormous local importance and I am confident we have developed a Plan that strikes the right balance between providing for future housing need and respecting the special place and high quality environment we are fortunate enough to reside in."

The Council is now inviting formal representations to be made on its Plan. These comments will be considered at a public examination of the Plan that will be held later this year by an independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

Representations must be made by no later than midnight on 12 August. Full details of the Local Plan and how to make representations can be found on the Council's web-site at:

Copies of the document can also be viewed at public libraries and council information offices within the New Forest district from 6 July.



Published: 29 Jun 2018
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