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Comments invited on Local Plan changes

Following public hearings in the summer of 2019, and as part of the continuation of this examination process, the planning inspectors have asked the us to undertake a public consultation on changes to the proposed Local Plan.

The planning inspectors confirmed that the new Local Plan can be made 'sound' with the inclusion of some changes and wish to know peoples' views on these changes before closing the examination.

These changes or 'Main Modifications' do not significantly change the Local Plan strategy for the district (outside of the National Park) and are a normal part of the plan-making process. They largely relate to the detailed wording of policies or supporting text and are necessary to ensure that the Local Plan is justified, effective and consistent with national policy. 

The New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan Part 1 sets out a strategy and strategic policies for the use, development or protection of land and buildings in the plan area for the period 2016 to 2036.  It includes new strategic allocations for housing sites capable of accommodating 100 or more homes. Part 2 of the Local Plan with detailed development management policies will follow.

Full details of the plan, the examination and this public consultation can be viewed here.

The consultation period is open from Friday 13 December 2019 to 11:59pm on Friday 31 January 2020 and comments are invited specifically on the proposed Main Modifications that have been made. Matters already considered at the public examination will not be revisited.

Comments should be emailed to localplan2016@nfdc.gov.uk or sent to Policy and Plans Team, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA.

Following the close of the consultation, the inspectors will then consider the comments and issue a final written report before the new Local Plan can be adopted around Spring 2020.

Updated: 13 Dec 2019
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