The New Forest National Park Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document is a key part of our Local Development Framework. As a Supplementary Planning Document, it conforms with, and supplements many of the policies set out in our Core Strategy and Development Policies DPD (December 2010). It is a material consideration in determining planning applications and applies throughout the whole of the National Park.
The Guide aims to achieve high standards of design in new development while retaining and enhancing the distinctive character of the natural and built environment. It is intended to help support the pre-application process by providing guidance to help applicants, agents and others to respond to the features and rural characteristics that make the New Forest special when designing their proposals.
As required by the relevant planning regulations, this is accompanied by an adoption statement and consultation statement.
Planning policy is a key statutory function and plays a central role in the achievement of the two National Park purposes and the related socio-economic duty.