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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Still time to give your views on draft planning guidelines

The New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Equine Forum would like to remind people that there is still time to submit their views on draft horse-related development guidelines until 5pm, Wednesday 10 August 2011.

The draft planning guidelines about horse-related development have been prepared by the New Forest National Park Authority working in partnership with the New Forest Equine Forum.

Since the public consultation was launched in June responses have already been received from a number of local parish councils and residents within the National Park, and people within an interest in the guidelines are encouraged to respond by the deadline.

The guidelines acknowledge the economic benefit that horse riding brings to the local economy, and aim to ensure that any related development does not have an adverse impact on the special qualities of the National Park.

Following the consultation the National Park Authority and the Equine Forum will consider the comments received. The final guidelines will be presented for formal adoption as a Supplementary Planning Document at the next National Park Authority meeting in September.

Once the guidelines are adopted they will form part of the Local Development Framework for the National Park, and will be considered when determining planning applications within the Park.

The draft guidelines can be viewed at the National Park Authority’s offices and can also be viewed on line at

Please send your comments to the Policy Team, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road, Lymington SO40 0JD or email

Recommended Reading: The New Forest National Park: Leisure Walks for All Ages

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