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Friday, 6 January 2012

Views sought for conservation action area plan

Residents of the Western Escarpment Conservation Area in the New Forest National Park are being asked to comment on a draft action plan that outlines a range of projects that will help conserve its special character and appearance.

The Western Escarpment Conservation Area was designated in March 2008 and covers the parishes of Hale, Woodgreen, Godshill, Hyde, plus parts of Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the parish of Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley.

Following a series of exhibitions residents told the New Forest National Park Authority what they value about where they live and their concerns for the future. A steering group, including representatives from the local parish and town councils has worked with the National Park to produce a plan.

John Sanger, New Forest National Park Authority member, Chairman of the steering group and resident of Woodgreen, said: ‘The Western Escarpment Conservation Area is the largest conservation area in the New Forest National Park and has settlements and landscape which have developed a unique character over a thousand years, including a significant number of buildings of architectural and historic interest.

‘The draft action plan is important for the local community - they are working with a number of different organisations to protect what they feel is special about the area where they live and work.’

The National Park Authority is keen to work with the local community, and after the public consultation will finalise the plan with the steering group, taking into account the comments received and then help to prioritise the actions.

If you would like to comment on the draft action plan or get involved in any of the proposed projects visit Alternatively contact your local Parish Council clerk for a copy of the draft plan and response form. Copies are also available at the Hyde and Woodgreen shops .

The consultation will run from 9 January to the 29 February 2012. Comments should be emailed to or posted to the New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.

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