Reviewed 7th October 2021
On 6th October members of the Planning Committee had an extraordinary meeting to specifically discuss this application, 21/11179.The formal application submitted to New Forest District Council has a mix of 169 dwellings.
The minutes of that meeting have been produced and a link is provided here.
The recommendation has also been added to New Forest District Council website.
Any further comment on the application must be done directly via the link below
Developers Pennyfarthing held a public consultation exercise online on Thursday 10 December 2020. The session was recorded and is available on the link below.
The following text explains process and hopefully answers some of the questions you may have.
In England, the government National Planning Policy Framework sets out government policy on planning. As part of this framework, each Planning Authority (in our case New Forest District Council NFDC) have to create a Local Plan, which sets out how they will achieve sustainable development over a 20-year period. As part of the development of this Local Plan, NFDC ran an extensive consultation in the summer of 2018, widely publicised at the time, which sought feedback on their suggestions for areas for future development which supported the social economic and environmental sustainability of the area. This included several Strategic Sites, of which Brockhills Lane was one, the site is known in the Local Plan as SS10.
The Local Plan for the district was approved by the National Planning Inspectorate and adopted by NFDC on 6th July 2020 and now informs all planning decisions made by NFDC as the Planning Authority. This means that New Forest District Council through its Local Plan, is able to promote its Strategic Sites for housing development and developers can make applications to NFDC, as they have the decision-making powers.
The New Milton Neighbourhood Plan is a more local, community led document that focusses on aspirational development particularly in the town centre. It does not allocate housing sites but influences development coming forward to diversify housing types (Policy NM2) and set certain design elements (Policy NM4).
As the formation of the Neighbourhood Plan had reached referendum stage just before the first lockdown (March 2020) the government issued national advice that all policies could be considered in planning decisions in the interim. It is detailed on this link
The Neighbourhood Plan has now been adopted. For further information please visit www.newmiltonplan.org.uk
New Milton Town Council (NMTC) does not make final planning decisions; however, we are known as a statutory consultee, which means we can pass comment back to NFDC in support or objection to formal planning applications for New Milton. Our comments are based on local criteria set out in the Neighbourhood Plan and the Local Distinctiveness Supplementary Planning documents, and of course residents views. Other statutory consultees include the Highways Authority, Natural England, the Environment Agency and Wessex Water.
As well as statutory consultees, NFDC will consult with neighbours to a site once the formal planning application has been submitted. The extent of neighbour notification will be determined by the case officer, and only legally has to be the direct boundary neighbours. Any other neighbour consultation is discretionary. They will also put site notices up, which are usually green and will be displayed somewhere near to the site. NFDC will advise the local press of the submission.
Members of the public are welcome to attend our Planning Committee meetings, to express support or objection; however, in order for comments about a development to be considered by NFDC, they MUST BE EITHER SENT VIA THE POST OR POSTED ONLINE using NFDC’s online facility on their website. The Assistant Town Clerk, the officer who leads on Planning issues for the Town Council and Councillors who are members of the Planning Committee routinely use this site to view comments on every application and so there is no need to write to both NMTC and NFDC. The postal address to write to, and relevant website will be on resident’s letters and the green site notice.
Once the consultation period on an application is over, the submission is considered by NFDC in order to make a decision. As a strategic site the application will be determined by NFDC Planning Committee the date of the meeting will be published by the District Council and members of the public are able to attend to speak. The rules on public speaking are much stricter and there is a need to register so please view link below
Below is guidance to neighbours and interested parties when consulting on applications, available on their website. It gives clear details as to what is considered to be ‘relevant planning considerations’ in deciding a planning application and what is not. So, although you might feel that, for example, construction work will be very disruptive, or house prices affected these are not considered relevant in planning terms. Using the list of relevant considerations will enable you to focus efforts so that your representations stay fully relevant to the planning process. These considerations are not decided by NFDC, it is national planning legislation and so NFDC are duty bound to them.
Loss of light or overshadowing, overlooking/loss of privacy/visual amenity
Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
Highway safety and traffic generation
Noise and disturbance resulting from use or hazardous materials
Effect on listed building and conservation area or other designations; Archaeology
Layout and density of building or design, appearance and materials
Landscaping, effect on ecology and nature conservation, loss of trees
Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies
Disabled persons’ access
Compensation and awards of costs against the Council (L.P.A) at public enquiries
Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
What cannot be taken into account are matters below and are not normally planning considerations such as:
The perceived loss of property value or views
Private disputes between neighbours including that on fence lines/boundaries
The impact of construction work or competition between firms
Restrictive covenants or ownership disputes over rights of way
Potential difficulties in property maintenance
Moral or religious issues / Views about the applicant.
Please note: it is important to understand that the material considerations relevant to any particular application will need to be weighed in the final decision process according to their seriousness and relative importance.