Planning Policy guidance

We have a range of additional planning policy guidance prepared to supplement policies in local plan, some of which is formally adopted and some informal guidance.  

Some documents deal with specific topics or types of development, while others are site or area specific.  In all cases we will have regard to the requirements of the relevant guidance when determining applications for development. Anyone considering submitting a development proposal is encouraged to familiarise themselves with any SPD or SPG which might affect their proposals.

Recent Consultations

We recently invited comments on the draft 'Mitigation for Recreational Impacts on New Forest European Sites' Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The six-week consultation period closed on 21 February 2021.  Find out more information here.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) 

SPDs provide additional planning policy guidance, which supplements the policies in development plan documents. They form part of the LDF. A list of the currently adopted SPD documents can be downloaded below.

Icon for pdf Mitigation Strategy for European Sites 2014 [4.81MB]

Icon for pdf Parking Standards [991.63KB]

Icon for pdf Housing Design, Density and Character [1.47MB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood Town Access Plan [4.62MB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood Local Distinctiveness [16.35MB]

Icon for pdf New Milton Local Distinctiveness [7.52MB]

Icon for pdf Totton Town Centre Urban Design Framework [5.39MB]

Icon for pdf Fordingbridge Town Design Statement [4.21MB]

Icon for pdf Lymington Local Distinctiveness [21.15MB]

Icon for pdf Residential Design Guide for Rural Areas [17.46MB]

Icon for pdf Conservatory Design Guide [1.5MB]

Icon for pdf Shopfront Design Guide [2.69MB]

Icon for pdf Design of Waste Management facilities [1.28MB]

Icon for pdf West Totton development Brief No. 4 [4.78MB]

Supplementary Planning Guidance documents (SPG) 

Supplementary Planning Guidance documents (SPG) have also been formally adopted. However, they do not have SPD status and do not form part of the LDF. A list of the current guidance can be downloaded below.

Icon for pdf Hyde Village Design Statement [2.63MB]

Icon for pdf Hordle Village Design Statement [4.4MB]

Icon for pdf Breamore Village Design Statement [12.61MB]

Icon for pdf Milford on Sea Village Design Statement [3.19MB]

Other guidance

In addition you should familiarise yourself with the following topics and guidance which may affect your proposals.

Current Developer Contributions towards Recreational Habitat Mitigation

Icon for pdf Local Enforcement Plan [191.93KB]

Conservation Areas and Character Assessments

Icon for pdf Blashford Lakes Strategic Management Plan [3.7MB]

Icon for pdf Housing Standards Review (Code for Sustainable Homes) [36.94KB]

Icon for pdf Landscape Character Assessment July 2000 [19.73MB] and Icon for pdf Character Type Area Map [5.72MB]

Cranborne Chase AONB Management Plan

Bird Aware Solent Mitigation Scheme

Icon for pdf Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2018 [1.1MB]

In 2018, the following three SPDs were published in draft form to allow for early public consultation and to provide additional information in support of the Council's policies and proposals in the Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1: Planning Strategy:

Icon for pdf Mitigation for Recreational Impacts Strategy SPD - DRAFT 2018 [2.25MB]

Icon for pdf Guide to Developer Contributions SPD - DRAFT [646.11KB]

Icon for pdf Strategic Sites Masterplanning SPD - DRAFT [11.37MB]

You can read our planning guidance for householders, businesses and developers, including information on permitted development rights.

You can also view or comment on a planning application.

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