Managing Recreation

Objective: Co-ordinate the management of recreation across the Forest and adjacent areas, encouraging quiet and responsible enjoyment while ensuring the special character of the Forest is not damaged Introduction Visitors from all over southern England and beyond come to the New Forest to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of its unspoilt countryside. However, it is […]

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Objective: Reduce the impact of vehicle use on the Forest environment through coordinated traffic management, and improve travel choice through an affordable, integrated and sustainable transport network Introduction The increased use of the private car as the dominant means of travel, particularly over the past ten years, has had major implications for the environment of […]

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Village and Town Centres

Objective: Support the role of village and town centres as a focus for the community, serving the needs of both local people and visitors Introduction Village and town centres are the focus of the social and economic life of the rural community. They provide essential services and facilities on which local people rely for health, […]

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Business and Employment Opportunities

Objective: Support sustainable businesses and services which contribute to the Forest’s economic well-being, environmental quality and special character, and use local knowledge, expertise and resources to create more Forest-based work opportunities Introduction Over the last twenty years a number of factors have influenced the pattern of employment and the types of work available within the […]

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Sustainable Development

Objective: Make sure that development within the New Forest and adjacent areas is sustainable, of high quality, and does not damage the special character of the Forest Introduction National planning policies are set out in the various Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) Notes and Minerals Planning Guidance (MPG) Notes.Together with national objectives for economic development, these […]

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Objective: Tourism should be sustainable and emphasise the Forest as a place for the quiet enjoyment of its special qualities Introduction Tourism makes the single most important contribution to the economy of the New Forest, providing about 30% of all jobs and with an annual value of £156 million (2001 figures). The industry has the […]

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Forestry and Woodland Management

Objective: Maintain sustainable forestry and woodland management as important Forest land uses which benefit the local economy, while making sure they help to conserve the special landscape character and wildlife of the Forest Introduction There is a long tradition of forestry and woodland management within the New Forest and many local businesses and jobs are […]

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Objective: Maintain farming as a major land use and an important part of rural life in the Forest, promoting and supporting changes towards more sustainable farming which puts the Forest First Introduction 4.2.1 From the time of the earliest prehistoric Forest settlements, agriculture has been the basis of the rural economy and way of life […]

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Objective: Maintain and promote commoning, emphasising its vital importance to the Forest Introduction: Commoning is both a traditional land management practice and a way of life. It has been crucial in the shaping of the Forest landscape and wildlife habitats over the last millennium, and in the development of its cultural heritage. The commoners’ animals […]

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