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Local Plan Review 2016-2036

village lane Local Plan Review 2016-2036 timetable update 14 November 2017

For the latest information and the direction of travel for the Local Plan review, please read below and refer to the summary version of the Local Plan reported to Environment Overview and Scrutiny Panel and Planning Development Control Committee on 6 September 2017.

You can view the adobe icon Local Plan Review 2016-2036 (full document) [9Mb] published in July 2016 and comments received by the Council on that document here.

We are aiming to report the Submission version of the Local Plan to Council in April 2018, subject to the progress and outcome of further technical work summarised below. We will publish an updated Local Development Scheme when the timetable is certain. On current information we expect that:

  • The next formal opportunity for comment will be at the Local Plan pre-submission public consultation stage, which is likely to be in the spring of 2018.

  • The Local Plan will be submitted for examination in the summer of 2018.

  • The Examination should take place late in 2018.

  • If the Examination progresses smoothly the revised local plan should be adopted by mid-2019.

Technical work update

An up to date assessment of Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) has been completed by JG Consulting on behalf of New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority, using the most up to date and credible information currently available. The recommended OAN for the district as a whole is 584 dwellings per annum, with a need for 521 of those being in the district outside the National Park. adobe icon Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN) Final Report October 2017 [803kb]

The three matters under current investigation are:

  • Air quality (Habitat Regulations): the effects of emissions from cumulative traffic growth on internationally protected habitats. The first stage of assessment confirmed (as expected) that further work is needed to establish whether there would be harmful environmental effects. The second, impact assessment stage is underway and will report mid-December along with any mitigation measures that might be needed.

  • Water quality (Habitat Regulations): the cumulative impact of phosphorus discharges from treatment works on the water quality of the River Avon. We have had an initial meeting with the Environment Agency, Natural England, Wessex Water and Wiltshire and work is underway to update the Wiltshire Nutrient Management Plan (for phosphorus) and extend it to cover the full Avon system. Plausible solutions exist to reduce phosphorus levels so the issue does not appear likely to prevent sites being allocated in the Avon catchment, but the process to identify and agree the solutions to be applied is complex. Modelling work in the next few months will help to clarify likely impact on the phasing of development in the sensitive Lower Avon within the New Forest District Council Local Plan area.

  • Flood risk: new flood risk mapping identifies new risks of flooding on sites proposed in Ringwood and Bransgore. We are investigating whether they can be made safe for development without harm to surrounding areas (this involves some water course surveying). The draft report is due at the end of January 2018.

Site promoters

We will continue to work with site promoters on sites included in our plan. We will offer a third cycle of site promoter meetings after the draft Local Plan is published for pre-submission consultation in the first half of 2018, which will focus on progressing proposed site allocations towards planning application stage (via the local plan examination). We will work to expedite proposals that follow the approach we will set out in the site allocation policies and master plans, building on joint working from earlier meeting cycles. Site promoters should note that matters discussed at such meetings may be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.

See our updated adobe icon Draft mitigation (SANGS) guidance note (November 2017) [1Mb] for the design parameters for habitat mitigation and green space areas to inform the master planning of residential sites. The note has been agreed at officer level with Natural England. We have also produced an illustrative example of adobe icon Supplementary Site Design Guidance/Advice [949kb] that could be prepared to support a strategic site allocation policy.

We are not able to accommodate site meeting requests whilst the local plan is being finalised for pre-submission consultation.  

For more information

See our supporting documents and emerging evidence base.



Updated: 16 Jan 2018
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