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Shelters & Stables


The Proposed Policy DM13: Field shelters and stables

Permission will be granted for field shelters and stables provided that the building is:

  1. sensitively sited to be unobtrusive in the landscape; and
  2. simple in appearance and modest in scale; and
  3. constructed of appropriate materials.

The Authority seeks to limit the proliferation of buildings in the New Forest, primarily because of their impact on the landscape. However, the need for field shelters (which are commonly characterised by one side of the building being left open) is recognised and therefore they will normally be permitted providing they are sensitively designed and can be accommodated without being obtrusive in the landscape. The same considerations apply to stables although these should be located close to existing buildings.



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