Special New Forest building suggestions wanted by national park authority
NOMINATIONS to protect special buildings that reflect the New Forest’s character are being sought by the national park authority.
The initiative could see structures and landscape features added to a local list to help preserve their future.
Once submitted, nominations will be assessed by a review panel and the NPA planning committee. If approved, they will be added to the list and relevant county records.
NPA planning committee chair Gordon Bailey said: “The list celebrates the wonderful things that give the New Forest its special qualities and unique character and does not impose more regulations on homeowners.”
Local listing, which has been supported by funding from Historic England, means the architectural or historic interest of these buildings and assets are recognised.
It does not mean additional planning controls or rule out future alterations, but the NPA will give special consideration to their conservation when planning applications are submitted.
New Forest buildings currently on the local list include Beaulieu Village Primary School, the Royal Oak at Fritham, the Cloud Hotel in Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst cricket pavilion, Bartley village hall, and well-preserved examples of traditional New Forest cottages and agricultural buildings.
The process is encouraged by national planning policy for all planning authorities to publish a list of buildings which have not met the standard for national Grade I or II listing but are nevertheless considered important features of their community.
The NPA’s current list contains 2,000 building and assets but is patchy and incomplete, so nominations are being sought to expand it.
As well as buildings, suggestions can include special landmarks and features like parks, gardens, monuments, street furniture and public works of art.
Guided by Historic England advice, the criteria for nominations includes age, rarity, architectural and artistic interest, group value, archaeological interest, historic interest, community and social value, and landmark status.
For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/local-list