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Have your say

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting views on how best to involve the public and stakeholders in the planning process.

We are reviewing our current ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ (SCI), which all planning authorities are legally required to have, to ensure it reflects changes in national policy and legislation.

The SCI is focused on our planning role, setting out how and when we will involve the community and other interested people in decisions on planning applications, and in preparing our planning policies and guidelines such as the Local Plan which will be reviewed later this year.

Engaging local communities is core to the work of the National Park Authority. This includes delivering our statutory planning functions such as development control, plan-making and enforcement.

The SCI allows us to put a local flavour onto the national regulations – setting out what they mean in the New Forest National Park.

Keeping an SCI up to date is a requirement of planning regulations and national planning policy. We will also be preparing a fuller strategy setting out how we involve people in our wider work in due course.

You can have your say in the public consultation from 17 April to 5 June 2023.

Viewing the SCI

The draft SCI is available on our website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/consultations together with an online consultation response form. These are also available to view at our office at Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington SO41 9ZG.

How to respond

You can complete the response form online via the link above or return your response form to the Policy Team:

Comments must be received by 5pm on Monday 5 June 2023.

Once the consultation period has ended all responses will be considered and any amendments made to the SCI. A final version will be presented to the full Authority for adoption at its meeting in July.

Anyone who has submitted comments will be kept informed of the timetable.