Have your say on measures to mitigate the impact of new development on protected New Forest habitats
People are invited to have their say on measures to mitigate the potential recreational impact of building new homes and visitor accommodation within the National Park on the protected New Forest habitats.
Over half the New Forest National Park is internationally protected because of its rare habitats and wildlife, the highest proportion of land of any planning authority in England.
To help protect these areas the New Forest National Park Authority established a Habitat Mitigation Scheme in 2012, which sets out how new developments can mitigate the impacts of additional people using the Forest for recreation. The scheme now needs to be updated to reflect the new Local Plan for the National Park which was adopted in August 2019.
The proposed new scheme ensures that any new residential or visitor accommodation development will contribute towards identified mitigation projects to ensure these internationally protected areas are not adversely affected.
The consultation into the revised draft Habitat Mitigation Scheme runs for six weeks from Wednesday 8 January until Wednesday 19 February 2020.