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The Neighbourhood Plan - Activities



  1. New Milton Town Council lodged an Application with New Forest District Council for New Milton to be designated as a Neighbourhood Plan Area and this was granted in 2016.
  2. Facilitated by New Milton Town Council, a Neighbourhood Plan Working Party was established comprising of a number of individuals from the Community and three Town Councillors.  As this is a Community Led Process, the majority of the Working Party consists of individuals representing major Community Organisations, and Residents with particular skills that would help in bringing the Plan to fruition.
  3. Meetings were held with New Forest District Council, both to agree the scope of the New Milton Plan and to understand how this was affected by their own Local Plan which was simultaneously under production.  Because of their own Review of the NFDC Local Plan, dictated by Central Government, this placed some tough demands on the scheduling of the production of our own Town's Neighbourhood Plan.
  4. After initial work had been undertaken by the Working Party, a number of Public Consultations were planned which included Questionnaires and Drop-In Sessions to draw feedback from the Community.
  5. The first of these Consultations was held in October 2016 and a Summary of Feedback can be read here. This preparatory Consultation involved feedback on the 4 Sites that had been selected by New Forest District Council and an overall assessment by means of a Questionnaire on the public's perceived needs for the growth and development of New Milton over the next 20 years.
  6. The services of rCoh - a Consultancy with specific experience of the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans were engaged to assist the Working Party in their deliberations.
  7. Task Groups were established within the Working Party, to take the feedback from the initial Consultation and to focus on the issues raised and to seek options which could be investigated for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan.
  8. Because of the feeback obtained from the initial Public Consultations, in summary it became clear that the residents want New Milton to be a more vibrant town, that's easy to get around, has more affordable homes for younger people and families and keeps its semi-rural feel. This feedback means that we must take a hard look at the 930 homes originally suggested by New Forest District Council and consider whether an increase in this number would allow us to achieve the long term wishes of our community.

This is the point we have now reached and the Working Party now needs to refine some work in three particular areas - Affordable Homes ; Town Centre Regeneration and Locations of New Homes.

Hence, the current Public Consultation this month - with your feeback being required by Friday 24th March.