The Development Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Authority on 27 September 2012. The SPD becomes a key part of our Local Development Framework. As a SPD, 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 the determination of planning applications and applies throughout the whole of the National Park.
The SPD sets out more detail on the requirements for car parking provision associated with new development, sustainable construction and open space provision. The document also provides additional guidance on our affordable housing requirements and the consideration of development close to the protected New Forest habitats.
As required by the relevant Planning Regulations, this is accompanied by an adoption statement and consultation statement.
In addition to the requirements for developers as outlined above, we will also require developers to mitigate against recreational pressure from new development on the Solent Special Protection Area, an area of the Solent coastline protected internationally as a nature conservation site.
How this scheme applies in the New Forest National Park is explained in the Explanatory Note (see link opposite) which was last updated in May 2015.
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.