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Why are we making improvements to open spaces and footpath networks in the New Forest District?

We live in a very special area of the country with easy access to the New Forest National Park and the coast. These unique and special places are recognised internationally as rare and precious habitats that require the highest levels of protection. With an ever-growing local population and the large numbers of summer visitors the pressures on these environments is increasing. To help relieve the pressure on these sensitive areas the New Forest District Council is improving alternative, local facilities for dog walking and other activities.

These improvements include:

  • Enhancing existing green spaces  adobe icon King George V Recreation Ground, Calmore [3Mb]
  • Enhancing the extensive network of walking routes that exist outside of the sensitive areas
    Completed Projects.
    Next Projects.
  • Providing natural green spaces as part of any new residential development
    For schemes of 50 or more dwellings where SANGS are incorporated into the development, the condition will not normally need to be imposed because arrangements to secure the necessary mitigation are able to be put in place prior to the granting of planning permission. Developments over 50 dwellings will have to provide mitigation land on-site. Here is a link to a calculator to give an indication of the likely size of this space:
  • Providing Rangers to help manage sensitive areas

These improvements involve a number of different agencies and collectively we have chosen to call all of these projects 'Green Way' projects. All of the projects will have the same logo displayed so that you can recognise them and know that walking route and spaces are suitable for all users and dogs too.

Because we need to know if the new strategy is working, we will be monitoring the numbers of visitors to both the protected areas and the new areas.

The schemes are funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy that is paid by developers as part of any new residential development.

Follow the links for further information about the Mitigation Strategy and Community Infrastructure Levy.

Updated: 27 Feb 2020
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