Following the previous stages of consultation which commenced in Summer 2015, the New Forest National Park Authority has published its proposed Submission draft Local Plan 2016 – 2036 for a final 6-week period of public consultation. This runs from Wednesday 17 January to 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018 and represents the Regulation 19 stage in the Government’s planning regulations.
The Submission draft Local Plan sets out the proposed planning policies that will guide development in the National Park in the future. It will, once adopted, play a key role in taking forward the two statutory National Park purposes and related socio-economic duty. The Submission draft Local Plan aims to ensure that the New Forest continues to receive the highest level of landscape protection while fostering the economic and social well-being of the 35,000 residents who live within the National Park.
How to make representations
Full details on the Submission draft Local Plan can be found on our website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/localplan. Alongside the Submission draft Local Plan and response form, we have published a range of supporting evidence base studies and background papers and these are also available via the same website.
The Authority has also published a ‘Notice of consultation and statement of representations procedure’ note which is attached. This sets out where the documents can be viewed and how representations can be made. Representations at this final stage in the Local Plan-making process should focus on the legal and procedural compliance of the Local Plan; the soundness of the Local Plan; and whether the Authority’s obligations under the Localism Act’s ‘duty to cooperate’ have been complied with.
Once the final 6-week consultation on the proposed Submission draft Local Plan has been completed, the intention is to submit the Local Plan, representations and supporting evidence base studies to the Secretary of State for independent examination in Spring 2018.