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The Local Plan Examination has been completed.

On 25 March 2020 we received the Inspectors' Report of the Examination. The Report concludes that "the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan-Part 1: Planning Strategy (the Local Plan) provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the New Forest District Council planning authority area, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it." The report appends the modifications required. The main modifications all concern matters that were discussed at the examination hearings.

adobe icon Inspectors' Report of the Examination [353kb].

adobe icon Final report - Main Modifications Appendix [354kb].

adobe icon Final Report - Main Modifications Annex A [7Mb].

We have prepared policies map extracts to highlight the changes resulting from the proposed Main Modifications.

You can view the representations received and considered by the Inspectors on the proposed Main Modifications at the link below.

Follow this link to view the representations received on the Main Modifications Consultation.

The Inspectors

Planning Inspectors, Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI and Caroline Mulloy BSc (Hons) DipTP MRTPI were appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy.

The Inspectors are tasked with considering the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Local Plan is: 1 - positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence); 3 - effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and 4 - consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).

The Inspectors have taken into account representations on the Local Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of hearing sessions took place in summer 2019 to discuss some of the matters. As a result of these discussions and the Inspectors' consideration of the evidence before them they concluded that some modifications to the plan were needed.

These modifications were consulted on in December 2019/January 2020. In March 2020 the Inspectors wrote to us with their report of the Examination, which included a schedule of modifications required to make our plan 'sound'.

Hearing Sessions

You can view the Programme for the Hearing Sessions and the Inspectors' Matters and Issues

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Written Statements

The following Written Statements were received in response to the Inspectors' Matters, Issues and Questions:

Evidence Base Documents

In preparing the Local Plan we referred to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.

Examination document list

Sharing your personal details

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. Further details of our Privacy Notice following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation can be found on our website by following this link

Please be aware that your name and contact details are required for your representation to be considered. Representations cannot be treated as confidential and will be published on our website alongside your name. If you are responding as an individual rather than a company or organisation, we will not publish your contact details (email/postal address and telephone numbers) or signatures online, however the original representations are available for public viewing at our Council office by prior appointment.

Respondent details and representations will be forwarded to the Inspector carrying out the examination of the Local Plan after the representation period has ended.

All representations and related documents will be held by New Forest District Council for a period of 12 months after the Local Plan is adopted.

Updated: 14 May 2020
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