New local plan published - final chance to influence its proposals
Release date: 17 January 2012
On 20 January 2012 New Forest District Council is publishing its Sites and Development Management Development Plan Document for the areas of New Forest district outside the National Park.
This plan sets out planning proposals and policies, for the period up to 2026, to cover Totton, Marchwood, Hythe, Fawley, Lymington, New Milton, Milford on Sea, Ringwood and Fordingbridge, as well as the smaller villages and countryside in the district outside the National Park. The overall planning framework for the area has already been established in the adopted Core Strategy. This new plan gives greater detail about how that strategy is to be implemented, and includes identification of specific sites for new development.
In preparing the plan, the council has taken into account comments that were made on the Public Consultation Document published early in 2011. Over 1000 people/organisations responded to that consultation. Following consideration of the comments that were made, some of the sites which had been put forward as possible development sites, for example, land at Frost Lane, Hythe, are not included in the plan. However, across the district, the plan still includes proposals for some new greenfield development. In total, around 850 new homes - mostly for affordable housing for local people - are proposed to be built on greenfield sites, with the main allocations being on the edge of Totton, Marchwood, Lymington, New Milton, Ringwood and Fordingbridge. New areas for employment development to help the local economy are also identified by the plan on the edge of Totton, New Milton and Ringwood.
Following the representations period, the council will consider the comments made on the plan and will decide whether or not to proceed with the formal Submission of the plan to the Secretary of State. Representations made during the six week period from 20 January to 2 March 2012 will be formally considered by an independent Planning Inspector at a 'Public Examination' of the plan.
New Forest District Council's portfolio holder for planning and transportation, Councillor Paul Vickers, said: "The preparation of this plan has involved extensive consultations with the local people and organisations and a large amount of technical background work.
"The council has listened to the comments made during last year's public consultation and now puts forward a plan which it considers will best address the needs of local people and businesses, while protecting our very special area.
"If you wish to comment on any of these proposals, then please make your representations to us by 2 March 2012. We will ensure that your views are considered by the council before the final decision to submit the plan is taken."
You can view the Sites and Development Management Development Plan Document and find out how to make a representation on the council's website at newforest.gov.uk/haveyoursay from 20 January. Copies of the plan and representation forms are also available to view at locations around the district, including the council's offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst. For further information contact the Policy and Plans Team, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA, telephone 023 8028 5345.