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Planning guidance for developers

If you work for a developer that wishes to make alterations to a property, you may need to apply to the council for planning permission.

We can only advise on properties that are within the New Forest district. Before contacting us, you can confirm that the property address falls within the district by using our online postcode lookup below.

If the property is within the New Forest National Park, you will need to apply to the Park Authority for planning permission.

Deciding planning applications

The process by which we make decisions on planning applications.

Development affecting European nature conservation areas

New dwellings in European nature conservation areas must be mitigated by a financial contribution.

Nutrient neutral development

Development in areas with nitrogen-rich water must provide a nutrient-neutral environment.

Monitoring charges for legal agreements

In April 2022 we introduced a series of charges for monitoring on site requirements secured through legal agreements

Permitted development rights for developers

The GPDO allows for the change of use of some buildings and land to Class C3 subject to a prior approval process.

Permission in principle

The permission in principle consent route is an alternative way of obtaining planning permission for housing-led development.

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