Planning law requires that applications for planning permission be determined in accordance with the Development Plan, unless there are very good reasons to do otherwise.
The Development Plan is document or a set of documents that set out what development can happen, how and where. With significant areas of nature conservation and landscape importance, our planning policies also protect the natural environment' landscape and heritage.
The Local Plan is the main part of the Development Plan for the New Forest outside of the New Forest National Park. There is a separate Local Plan for the New Forest National Park area, prepared by the New Forest National Park Authority.
A List of all Development Plan policies is available. This list includes all the main policies either by subject or settlement area. The list also includes links to relevant supplementary planning guidance prepared by us but does not currently contain policies from the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan or Neighbourhood Plans.
Our development plan comprises:
The Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy reviews the planning strategy for the area and extends the planning period to 2036. It identifies additional 'strategic sites' for housing and employment development.
The Local Plan Examination has been completed and the Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy was adopted on 6 July 2020.
It also includes saved policies from:
Thehas now been superseded by the Core Strategy (adopted in 2009, Part 1 of the new Local Plan) and the Local Plan Part 2: Sites and Development Management document (adopted April 2014).
Only one policy of the plan remains as a 'saved' policy and is still a part of the statutory Development Plan. That is Policy DW-E12: Protection of Landscape features.
Thewas adopted in 2009. It set out the planning strategy for the area up until 2026.
Most of the policies have been replaced by new policies in The Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy. Policies CS7: Open spaces, sport and recreation, CS19 Tourism and CS21 Rural economy remain saved.
The Local Plan Part 2: Sites and Development Management was adopted in April 2014. It sets out more detailed polices including identifying specific sites for new development.
A schedule in Appendix A of The Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy sets out the status of each policy and whether they have been saved or replaced by new policies.
For minerals or waste development, the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (HCC 2013)
Following a referendum in October 2019, we formally decided to adopt theon 9 December 2019.
Following a referendum on 6 May 2021, we formally decided to adopted theon 21 June 2021.