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Local Plan Review - Examination

On 25 March 2020 we received the Inspectors' Report of the Examination. The Report concludes that "the New Forest District (outside the National Park) Local Plan-Part 1: Planning Strategy (the Local Plan) provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the New Forest District Council planning authority area, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it." The report appends the modifications required. The main modifications all concern matters that were discussed at the examination hearings.

Following the Cabinet meeting held on 6 May, (follow this link for the Agenda and Minutes of the meeting), it is hoped that a meeting of the full Council will be able to be held virtually on 6 July 2020 to formally consider the adoption of the Local Plan 2016-2036 Part 1, as recommended by the Cabinet.

Follow this link for more information about the full Council meeting.

Details of the Local Plan Review, covering the period 2016 - 2036 and the full Inspectors' Report can be found here.


Use of pubs and restaurants as food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak

Follow the link below for the latest information.

Use of pubs and restaurants as food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak


Extension of hours - construction sites

On 13 May 2020, the government published a written ministerial statement on planning and construction working hours.

This statement expects local planning authorities to approve requests to extend construction working hours temporarily to ensure safe working in line with social distancing guidelines until 9pm, Monday to Saturday, unless there are very compelling reasons against this.

If you wish to amend your conditioned construction working hours, you should contact us by emailing the case officer (if known) or You need to tell us what hours you intend to work to and for how long this will go on. If it is possible to restrict the type of work undertaken within the extended hours please also confirm this and provide a contact for the site manager.  

We will be able to tell you whether we are happy to agree amended working hours informally, or whether you need to submit a formal application, as well as through which route.

Where there are modest or short-term changes to construction working hours, we hope to be able to agree them informally, and we will use our discretion to avoid enforcing against a breach of working hours.

Where long or more significant changes to working hours are required, we may request a formal application. In doing so, it will be important for you to consider potential impacts and, where necessary, to put forward plans to manage concerns, drawing on existing good practice.

  • We will be supportive of reasonable requests.
  • We will accept proposals for extended working hours unless there are very strong reasons against this.
  • We will ensure that decisions are issued within 10 days where possible. 
  • We will try and make a soft and user-friendly process where possible.
  • In making our decision, we may consider where there are unreasonable impacts, but we will reject proposals only where there are very compelling reasons. These reasons could include the significant impact on neighbouring businesses or uses, such as care homes, which are particularly sensitive to noise, dust or vibration, which cannot be overcome through other mitigation, or where impacts on densely populated areas would be unreasonable. We will consider the fact that more people are spending more time at home, including working from home. We will balance their reasonable expectations for the acoustic environment in their home against the desire to ensure that necessary construction work can continue.
  • We may ask you to do noise or other monitoring to demonstrate that the impact of the extended hours on neighbours is not unreasonable.

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Updated: 27 May 2020
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