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Design Guide SPD review and Public Consultation – September 2021

The New Forest National Park Authority are updating the New Forest National Park Design Guide document to ensure the area continues to be covered by up-to-date design guidance. The draft Design Guide provides guidance to help achieve high standards of design in new development while retaining and enhancing the distinctive character of the National Park. Once adopted, it will apply across the whole of the New Forest National Park and supplements the policies in the adopted National Park Local Plan (adopted August 2019).

As part of the six-week public consultation the following documents and supporting information is available:

Comments are invited between Friday 10 September 2021 and 5pm on Friday 22 October 2021. The response form can be downloaded from the above links and comments can be submitted in writing to the Policy Team at the New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington SO41 9ZG or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BPC Meeting Report - September 2021

The Amenities group reported that they had met with Redlynch (selected play equipment supplier) to discuss the new play area. The proposed design was discussed, with minor modifications proposed, including clarification on finishes. Following a meeting with the NPA planning group, further discussion is required to clarify if there is a need for planning permission for rubber matting around new play equipment.

BPC heard that one of the cradle swings on the existing play area had failed. As these had been replaced recently, this failure will be discussed with the manufacturer.

A signed contract for one year with Lymington Sprites was received, confirming the use of the football pitches on the recreation ground for another year.

BPC heard an interim update from the Highways Group on the highways strategy including how BPC will deal with encroaching hedges, highways defects, speed and signage. The highways group have held initial meetings and will look to progress this throughout September/October.

BPC would like to remind Parishioners with hedges abutting the Highway that now is an ideal time to cut them back to allow for better visibility on the roads.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is October 11th. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so.

BPC Meeting Report - August 2021

BPC representatives met with Mr Steve Avery - Executive Director (Strategy & Planning) - New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) to discuss the draft Management Plan for the New Forest for the five years from 2021. This shared plan follows similar plans made in 2010 and 2015 and includes environmental, social, climatic, biodiversity, conservation and nature issues.

The plan aims cover nature, habitats and damage recovery toward a net zero carbon profile across the forest. BPC welcomed proposals to ensure more joined up action between the various groups involved in running the New Forest National Park. BPC noted the increased pressures on the New Forest from increasing visitor numbers. It was suggested that additional “Country Parks” like Moors Valley might help with this. Mr Avery noted that a review of current car parking on the forest would be included as part of this plan. The consultation period for this scheme closes on 3rd September and Parishioners are encouraged to participate.

The survey can be found here: https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/conservation/partnership-plan/partnership-plan-2021-2026/your-future-new-forest-get-involved/

BPC received an update from the Highways group. BPC will be reviewing any hedges encroaching the highway in the next month, and writing to the riparian owners to remind them of their obligations. BPC also welcomed the new HGV signage erected at Sandy Down, and hopes that this will reduce the damage to verges.

The Amenities group updated on activities with the recreation ground. A meeting has been held with the NPA to discuss any planning consideration around the new play area. A new contract with Lymington Sprites for the use of the recreation ground was discussed. It was agreed that a small area of the recreation ground would be planted with wildflowers in September.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is September 13th. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so.

BPC Meeting Report - July 2021

Since our last meeting, BPC has been out and about at our local fetes, attending both the Pylewell Park and William Gilpin events. It was great to meet so many of our Parishioners and show plans for the new hall and shop, along with the new play area. Your thoughts and feedback on the play area proposals were extremely helpful.

Following the feedback from the fetes, along with our online consultation, Parish surveys and Councillor reviews of the various vendor offerings, Redlynch were selected to provide the new play equipment. The Council felt that Redlynch offered something different from other local play areas, whilst fitting in with the look and feel of a rural Parish. The Council also received positive feedback from other councils who have installed Redlynch Equipment. The Councils attention will now turn to fund raising for the project, as well as working with Redlynch to produce more detailed designs. These designs will need to be submitted to the NPA for final approval as part of the new hall construction.

Though Redlynch was selected as the primary vendor for the new play equipment, BPC will continue to work with HUCK to enhance the existing cradle and pendulum swing. It was felt to be beneficial to have multiple vendors involved to ensure some level of pricing competition and access to a wider variety of equipment.

The Council was pleased to have Trustees of BWMH attend our meeting to discuss the access requirements for siting and maintaining the new play equipment. The discussion was constructive, and both parties agreed actions to move this issue forward.

The Council held its first formal in person meeting since 2020. It was great to be able to discuss topics face to face and the sunny June evening was perfect for meeting outside. The Council will continue to adapt how its meetings are run based on Government COVID guidelines.

With the rain and warm weather, the verges and hedges in the Parish are flourishing. Parishioners will note that verges will only be cut once by Hampshire Highways to support local wildlife. This is a welcome move and more environmentally friendly in reducing cutting activity. However, BPC would like to remind riparian owners with hedges that run adjacent to a highway that they are responsible for ensuring that hedges are cut back from the highway all year round. BPC has received feedback from concerned Parishioners regarding overgrown hedges, and the Clerk will be following up on this.

BPC were pleased to approve a grant to the New Forest Citizens Advice Bureau who provide helpful services to our Parishioners.

BPC were pleased to confirm the co-option of Mrs Eileen Morton to the Parish Council.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is August 9th. This will be an in-person meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions when doing so. Due to updated Government guidance, it is not possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely.