Planning policy guidance

We have a range of additional planning policy guidance prepared to supplement policies in local plan, some of which is formally adopted and some informal guidance.  

Some documents deal with specific topics or types of development, while others are site or area specific.  In all cases we will have regard to the requirements of the relevant guidance when determining applications for development. If you are submitting a development proposal you should familiarise yourself with any supplementary planning document (SPD) or supplementary planning guidance (SPG) which might affect your proposals.

Latest updates

We recently consulted on a draft Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  You can find out further information below

An interim advice and information note on ecology and biodiversity net gain is now available.


Supplementary planning documents (SPD) 

SPDs provide additional planning policy guidance, which supplements the policies in development plan documents. They form part of the LDF. A list of the currently adopted SPD documents can be downloaded below.

Icon for pdf Design of waste management facilities - adopted February 2007 [1.28MB]

Icon for pdf Fordingbridge town design statement - adopted November 2008 [4.21MB]

Icon for pdf Housing design, density and character - adopted April 2006 [1.47MB]

Icon for pdf Lymington local distinctiveness - adopted February 2011 [21.15MB]

Mitigation for recreational impacts on new forest european sites - adopted May 2021

Icon for pdf New Milton local distinctiveness - adopted June 2010 [7.52MB]

Icon for pdf Parking standards - adopted 2012 [991.63KB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood town access plan - adopted March 2011 [4.62MB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood local distinctiveness - adopted July 2013 [16.35MB]

Icon for pdf Shopfront design guide - adopted January 2001 [2.69MB]

Icon for pdf West Totton development brief No. 4 - adopted October 1993 [4.78MB]


Supplementary planning guidance documents (SPG) 

Supplementary planning guidance documents (SPG) have also been formally adopted. However, they do not have SPD status and do not form part of the LDF. A list of the current guidance can be downloaded below.

Icon for pdf Breamore village design statement - adopted October 2000 [12.61MB]

Icon for pdf Conservatory design guidance - adopted April 2004 [1.5MB]

Icon for pdf Hordle village design statement - adopted December 2014 [4.4MB]

Icon for pdf Hyde village design statement - adopted December 2011 [2.63MB]

Icon for pdf Milford on Sea village design statement - adopted December 2002 [3.19MB]

Icon for pdf Residential design guide for rural areas - adopted September 1999 [17.46MB]

Icon for pdf Totton town centre urban design framework - adopted April 2003 [5.39MB]


Other guidance

In addition you should familiarise yourself with the following topics and guidance which may affect your proposals.

Bird Aware Solent mitigation scheme

Icon for pdf Blashford Lakes strategic management plan [3.7MB]

Conservation areas and character assessments

Current developer contributions towards recreational habitat mitigation and air quality

Cranborne Chase AONB management plan

Ecology and biodiversity net gain

Icon for pdf Housing standards review (code for sustainable homes) [36.94KB]

Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Icon for pdf Landscape character assessment - July 2000 [19.73MB] and Icon for pdf Character type area map [5.72MB]

Icon for pdf Local enforcement plan [191.93KB]

You may also wish to view our Infrastructure page for further information on CIL, nutrient mitigation and developer contributions.


You can read our planning guidance for householders, businesses and developers, including information on permitted development rights.

You can also view or comment on a planning application.

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