New Forest National Park pop-up campsites may require planning permission in the future


Rules that would require pop-up campsites in New Forest National Park to obtain building permits are under consideration.

According to plans proposed for consultation by the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA), any new temporary site with more than 50 locations would need to apply for a building permit.

In addition, any temporary site of this size that has been created since March 1, 2020, would also have to retrospectively apply for authorization, which would be obtained through an “Section 4 Directorate”.

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The NPA is concerned about the number of sites operating in the New Forest and the increase in locations since the start of the Covid pandemic.

New Forest District Council Planning Committee Chairman Gordon Bailey said: “The New Forest is already one of England’s most visited national parks and has the highest proportion of land designated as d. international importance for the conservation of nature in the country, so it is vital that we protect the very thing that people come here to enjoy.

“These new rules will not affect small temporary campsites that have been in operation for a number of years. However, we are concerned about the impact of larger sites and any new sites, and it is proposed that these require a building permit in the future. “

There are currently 12 known temporary campsites in New Forest National Park, with the number of pitches ranging from 12 to 90.

Under nationally authorized development rights, temporary campsites could previously operate 28 days a year without express planning permission.

This number has been increased to 56 days per year in 2020 to help the outdoor hotel industry recover from the economic losses of the pandemic.

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At an NPA meeting earlier this year, the council said: “The national park has more than three times the number of camping and touring caravan spaces per square kilometer than the average for all other parks. English nationals.

“Campsites and holiday parks and associated paraphernalia and infrastructure can have a significant visual impact and impact on biodiversity.”

However, campground operators Teddy Powell and Rebecca Nicholson said at the March meeting that the plans were unfair.

Ms Nicholson, who runs a South Coast Glamping business in a field on Mr Powell’s farm, said her pop-up was an ‘exemplary’ site that was primarily aimed at ‘first-time campers’ unable to bring their own. clean toilets.

She went on to ask the question “if organized private sites are not allowed, surely it will only increase the number of people camping in the forest?” “

The direction of Article 4 can be found here and the consultation will run until November 7.

Responses to the consultations can be sent to the Policy Officer at [email protected], quoting “Guidance Section 4 – Temporary Campsites”.

If the instruction is confirmed, it will come into effect on September 30, 2022.

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