Planning policy

Planning policies set the framework under which decisions on planning applications are made. They set out what development can happen, where it can take place and how much there can be.

New Forest has significant areas of nature conservation and landscape importance, so our planning policies also protect the natural environment and heritage.

Local planning policies are set out in a group of documents called the Local Development Framework (LDF).

If you submit a development proposal you should familiarise yourself with our planning policy guidance, as they might affect your proposals.
Giving local communities a say in how development happens in their area.
The LDS provides information about the Local Plan for the district.
The SCI sets out how we consult and involve others in planning matters.
Assessing how our planning policies are being implemented.
A register for previously developed land that is suitable for housing development.
Measures to maintain or improve the delivery of housing.
Registering demand for plots of land for self-build or custom-build homes.

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