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Local Plan Review 2016-2036

village lane   Local Plan Review timetable revisions 22 June 2017

Forecast traffic growth from Local Plan development proposals in-combination with development outside the district has reached the threshold where further ecological investigations are necessary as part of our Appropriate Assessment.This is to establish whether or not the potential effects of increased traffic emissions on internationally protected nature conservation sites in the New Forest would be significant, and if the effects were significant whether and how they could be mitigated.

We are meeting with Natural England shortly to agree next steps and we will publish a revised timetable and Local Development Scheme as soon as possible, provisionally by the end of July 2017. We still aim to publish a submission version Local Plan before the end of 2017.

The 26 July 2017 Scrutiny and Environment Panel and Planning Committee is therefore cancelled. The Local Plan will not be reported to Cabinet on 6 September or to full Council on 11 September 2017. New dates will be published here in due course.

Initial Proposals public consultation on the Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Part One: Planning Strategy.

The main focus of this consultation was to get peoples' views on the potential locations for the new housing development we need to accommodate over the next 20 years. PLEASE NOTE: This consultation has now closed - the closing date for comments was 16 September 2016.

When finalised, the Local Plan Part One will set out our planning strategy, strategic policies and key development sites for the period 2016 to 2036 covering the district area outside of the New Forest National Park. There will be further opportunities to comment on the Local Plan in the autumn of 2017. Find out more about our timetable in our adobe icon Local Development Scheme - 7th review April 2017 [528kb].

Listen to Chris Elliot, Head of Planning, explain the Local Plan

For more information and a summary overview

Download the Draft Local Plan

View summaries of the representations received on the Initial Proposals public consultation

Strategic Land Availability Assessment - Call for Brownfield Sites
The Council has issued a call for brownfield sites as part of its Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) and future brownfield site register. The call for brownfield sites is an opportunity for individuals and landowners to suggest brownfield land and sites for consideration within the SLAA, which is used to support the preparation of the Council's Local Plan.

Site promoters

During and following the Initial Proposals consultation a number of site promoters have requested to meet the Council to discuss their proposals. Our 2016 adobe icon Open letter to site promoters [420kb] explained how we will manage and accommodate meeting requests around the work of preparing the Local Plan for pre-submission consultation by the end of September 2017.

Our adobe icon Second open letter to site promoters [246kb] (April 2017) explains the next steps for site meetings. It also requests site promoters provide information about their anticipated planning application timetables and development phasing, and to send in as soon as possible any final technical or masterplan work they wish the council to take into account in making site allocation decisions to 

See our adobe icon Draft mitigation (SANGS) guidance note [1Mb] for the design parameters for habitat mitigation and green space areas to inform the master planning of residential sites. 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.

Site promoters wishing to suggest additional strategic sites not already submitted can do so by completing a Sites submission form and emailing it to the address above.  

Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions were held at Totton, Fordingbridge and Lymington. View the display here:

For more information

See our supporting documents and emerging evidence base.



Updated: 22 Jun 2017
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