The role of the Inspector is to consider whether the proposed strategy meets all the legal requirements and is judged to be sound (whether it is justified, effective and consistent with national policy).
Steve Avery, Director of Strategy and Planning, said: ‘This is the next step in achieving a set of planning policies specifically for the national park. They will be used to guide decisions on planning applications. Thousands of people have already sent in their comments during the earlier part of the process. Now it’s the Inspector’s job to look at whether the strategy is consistent with national policy and whether it has complied with legislation.
‘Following the public examination, the Inspector’s report is due in November and then we hope in January to ask the National Park Authority members to adopt the Core Strategy.’
The examination hearing sessions are open to the general public and will take place from 7 September (starting at 2pm) to 9 September at the National Park Authority headquarters:
Only those people already invited by the independent Planning Inspector to take part in the hearing sessions will be able to contribute to the discussions. The schedule and speakers can be found on the New Forest National Park Authority website:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646600
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.