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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.

On 25 March 2020 we received the adobe icon Inspectors' Report of the Examination [353kb]. The Report concludes that "the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan-Part 1: Planning Strategy (the Local Plan) provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the New Forest District Council planning authority area, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it." The report appends the modifications required. The main modifications all concern matters that were discussed at the examination hearings.

Following the Cabinet meeting held on 6 May, (follow this link for the Agenda and Minutes of the meeting), it is hoped that a meeting of the full Council will be able to be held virtually on 6 July 2020 to formally consider the adoption of the Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1, as recommended by the Cabinet.

Follow this link for more information about the full Council meeting.

Details of the Local Plan Review, covering the period 2016 - 2036 and the full Inspectors' Report can be found here.

Information about the Local Plan examination process can be found 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 main document is called the Local Plan. Local Plan policies are within a suite of documents, as set out below.

The Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy, adopted in 2009, sets the planning strategy for the area up until 2026. The review of most of the policies in this Plan is now nearing completion, and most of its policies will be replaced by new policies in The Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy.

The Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy. This document reviews the planning strategy for the area and extends the planning period to 2036. It identifies additional 'strategic sites' for housing and employment development. This plan has reached a very advanced stage in its preparation and carries significant weight in decision-making. Formal adoption of the Plan is expected in spring 2020.

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

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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: 20 May 2020
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