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Neighbourhood Planning

cottages A Neighbourhood Plan is a new type of plan introduced by the Localism Act (2011) to allow local communities to prepare a plan for their area which will enable them to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood and say, for example, where new homes should be built. As New Forest District is a parished authority neighbourhood plans will be undertaken by parish or town councils, if they choose to prepare one. We have a duty to support communities in preparing a neighbourhood plan by:

  • giving advice and assistance to the town/parish council in the preparation of the plan; see our Neighbourhood Planning Support protocol for details of the assistance we are able to offer;
  • arranging the independent Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan; and
  • organising the referendum which will give the community a final say on whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan comes into force.

adobe icon Information on the progress of Neighbourhood Plans can be found here [67kb].
adobe icon New Forest District Council Neighbourhood Planning Support Protocol [73kb]

You can find out more about Neighbourhood Planning using the following links:

Neighbourhood Plan Area Applications
In order to commence the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan, a town/parish council has to make an application to the local planning authority for the designation of a neighbourhood area. Representations may be made to the local planning authority on the area covered by proposed designation.


Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Plan
The designation of Hythe and Dibden Parish as a Neighbourhood Area was confirmed by the District Council on 17 November 2015. The area covered is the whole of the parish and includes an area within the New Forest National Park. 

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council made the designation request to New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority in July 2015. The Council received three responses to the consultation during the consultation period that took place between 6 August - 18 September 2015. Two objections were made to the boundary of the proposed area designation and after considering these responses the council decided to designate the area applied for by Hythe and Dibden Parish Council. No comments were made by members of the public. The designation is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. For further information about progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Hythe and Dibden Parish Council.
adobe icon The application letter and the map of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area can be viewed here [568kb]


Lymington and Pennington Neighbourhood Plan
The designation of Lymington and Pennington Parish as a Neighbourhood Area was confirmed by the District Council on 21 September 2015. The area covered is the whole of the parish and includes an area within the New Forest National Park.

Lymington and Pennington Town Council made the designation request to New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority in June 2015. We received five responses to the consultation during the consultation period that took place between 17 July - 4 September 2015. Most of these were from statutory bodies, with no objections to the proposed designation. No comments were made by members of the public. The designation is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. For further information about progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Lymington and Pennington Town Council.
adobe icon The application letter and the map of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area can be viewed here [2Mb]


Totton and Eling Neighbourhood Plan
The designation of Totton and Eling Parish as a Neighbourhood Area was confirmed by the District Council on 28 November 2014. The area covered is the whole of the parish and includes a small area within the New Forest National Park to the west of the A326 in the south of the parish.

Totton and Eling Town Council made the designation request to New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority in September 2014. No representations were received on the proposal during the consultation period that took place between 3 October and 14 November. The designation is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. For further information about progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact Totton and Eling Town Council.
adobe icon The application letter and the map of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area can be viewed here. [2Mb]


New Milton Neighbourhood Plan
The designation of New Milton parish as a Neighbourhood Area was confirmed by the District Council on 4 February 2015. The area covered is the whole of the parish and includes the northern part of the parish within the New Forest National Park.

New Milton Town Council made the designation request to New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority in December 2014. Two representations were received, both supporting the designation, during the consultation period that took place between 12 December 2014 - 23 January 2015. The designation is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. For further information about progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact New Milton Town Council.
adobe icon The application letter and map of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan Area can be viewed here. [234kb]


Milford-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan
In November 2012, New Forest District Council and New Forest National Park Authority received an application to designate a Neighbourhood Plan Area from Milford on Sea Parish Council. Through its neighbourhood plan, the parish council, working with the local community, will be able to establish planning policies for the development and use of land in the area.
adobe icon Milford-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan application [4Mb].

 

Updated: 30 May 2017
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