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Neighbourhood Planning

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 [426kb].
adobe icon New Forest District Council Neighbourhood Planning Support Protocol [330kb]

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.



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Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Plan

The independent Examination of the Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Development Plan has been completed. The Examiner's Report can be viewed here: adobe icon Examiner's Report June 2019 [289kb]

The Examiner has concluded that subject to the policy modifications to the submitted plan, as set out in the Appendix to the report, the Plan meets the Basic Conditions. The Examiner has recommended that the Plan, once modified, proceeds to Referendum on the basis that it has met all the relevant legal requirements.

The Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Development Plan is now a material consideration in determining planning applications within Hythe and Dibden Parish. New Forest District Council is due to make a decision on whether to proceed to a public Referendum in early September 2019. This webpage will be updated in due course with information regarding the date for the Referendum, who can vote and where.

The draft Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Plan, Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement can be viewed below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Policy and Plans team.

Tel: 023 8028 5345
Email: policyandplans@newforest.gov.uk


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.

The designation is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. The Town Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to New Forest District Council in August 2019. The next stage in the process will be to proceed  to a further round of consultation (Regulation 16) before a final decision is made on whether to take it forward to a public Referendum. 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: 21 Aug 2019
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