The New Forest District Council (NFDC) is the Planning Authority for the District, excluding The National Park Authority Area. The Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy, adopted in 2009, sets the planning strategy for the area up until 2026. The Local Plan Part 2: Sites and Development Management, adopted on 14 April 2014, sets out more detailed polices including identifying specific sites for new development. Further details relating to this can be found in the planning policy section of the website.
NFDC agreed a transport contributions policy in March 2008, which seeks to collect contributions on all relevant new developments in planning applications submitted on or after 1st April 2008. The policy is based on Hampshire County Council's transport contributions policy (September 2007). Further details relating to the policy and list of schemes are available in the Local Transport Schemes / Developer Transport Contributions section of the website.
The Council adopted a Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document, on 3rd October 2012, which sets out guidance to developers and others on the provision of car parking space in new developments covering all development types.
Ringwood Town Access Plan
The Ringwood Town Access Plan is a strategy which sets out how access to facilities and services within the town can be improved. It will guide transport infrastructure development within Ringwood over the next 20 years. The final version of the document was agreed for adoption at NFDC's Cabinet Meeting on 2nd March 2011 and Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Environment and Transport adopted the TAP on 5th April 2011. Further information on the Ringwood Town Access Plan is available in the Planning Policy section of the website.
For the District outside the National Park Area, the following local documents are also especially important: