Our guide to developing in the New Forest District Council
The New Forest District is a largely rural district in the south west corner of Hampshire. The District Council only have planning jurisdiction over part of the district with the remainder being within the New Forest National Park where planning is handled by the National Park Authority. The remaining district areas comprise the Waterside (a strip along the west of Southampton Water including Totton, Marchwood, Hythe and Fawley), a coastal strip including New Milton, Barton-on-Sea, Milford and Lymington and the Avon Valley including Ringwood and Fordingbridge.
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Key points about developing in the New Forest District
Pre-application advice: The Council now charge for this service – see here. The Council does have a tendency to request Design and Access Statements with pre-application proposals.
Affordable Housing: No threshold (i.e. even one new residential unit is expected to contribute towards affordable housing). In the high-need areas of Lymington, Everton, Hordle and Milford-on-Sea and Bransgore 50% provision is required with 40% everywhere else. Strange quirk: affordable housing is not required for a residential redevelopment scheme for 4 or fewer dwellings, involving the demolition of at least 1 dwelling, and where the site size is smaller than 0.1 hectare. Affordable housing must be on site except:
On developments of 4 or fewer dwellings in the defined built-up areas of Totton, Hythe, Lymington, New Milton and Ringwood; or
On developments of 1 or 2 dwellings in all other defined settlements,
where a fixed tariff may be used instead.
Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 contributions:
NFDC have adopted a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule (a blanket rate of £80 per sqm for residential with nil for everything else) and will begin charging 06 April 2015. This replaces all previous Section 106 contributions however each new dwelling will also be expected to contribute a further £550 towards mitigation measures for European Wildlife Sites.
Special policy restrictions:
Greenbelt areas in south-west and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the north-west
Hazard-zone restricts some new development around the Fawley Refinery