Draft New Forest Recreational Mitigation SPD

The Council published the draft New Forest International Nature Conservation Designations: Recreational Mitigation Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for four weeks’ public consultation from Friday 12 November to 12 noon on Friday 10 December 2021.

The purpose of this document is to provide advice on how we will consider and implement the need for mitigation in relation to recreational impacts on the New Forest international nature conservation designations. This is linked to Policy E5 of the adopted Test Valley Borough Revised Local Plan (2016).

If the draft SPD is adopted, it would supersede the New Forest SPA Mitigation – Interim Framework (2014), and would be a material consideration in making decisions on land use planning.

The Council is currently reviewing the comments received during the consultation on the draft document. This webpage will be updated with the timetable for next steps for the SPD when available.

Details on the Council’s interim mitigation framework for the New Forest in relation to recreational impacts is available here.

For further information on this draft SPD please phone 01264 368000 or email the Planning Policy Team at planningpolicy@testvalley.gov.uk.