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Sway Parish Council is not the planning authority for Sway.  For Sway planning matters the place to go is the New Forest National Park - in particular see their planning pages
However Sway Parish Council is consulted, and invited to comment on any planning applications within Sway Parish.  The current 2018/19 members of Sway's Planning and Transport Committee are Councillors Hugh Marchant (Chair), Melanie Seacombe (Vice Chair), Peter Dance, Ted Fleat, Alex Pepper, Stephen Tarling and John Warden.  The representatives are: Trees: Karen Marshall; Community SpeedWatch: Cllr. Hugh Marchant;  and Transport: Cllr. John Warden.  The Planning and Transport Committee meets in public, usually on the second Thursday of the month at Jubilee Field Pavilion.  The next meeting is to be held on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 7:30pm; 7:15pm to view plans This committee first met in August 2012 and there is an updated introduction for Sway residents linked below.
Any planning matters that do not arrive in time for the agenda of a given Planning and Transport Committee will be considered at a subsequent meeting of either the Planning and Transport Committee, or the full Parish Council.
Details of all forthcoming meetings of the Planning and Transport Committee and other Sway Parish Council meetings are now all listed on the Sway Parish Council website meetings page.


Useful contacts if you want to get things done (as a linked MS-Word document updated 16 Feb 2015).

Introduction to the Planning and Transport Committee (MS-Word document with links) V20; 22 Jan 2015

Terms of Reference for the Planning and Transport Committee October 2013 (MS-Word document)

Planning Review and Tips (article from Sway News October 2013 pages 20-21) (MS-Word document)

Boundaries... (article from Sway News February 2014 pages 20-21) (MS-Word document)

Sway Parish Council's response to the NFNPA Local Plan Review initial call for views October 2015 (pdf)

Applications due to be considered at the next Sway Planning and Transport Committee meeting on 13th September 2018. This table most recently updated on 11th September 2108.



Application title

Tree Preservation Orders and Tree Work Applications:

Artsway, Station Road  SO41 6BA

Prune 1 x Sycamore tree.

Quarr House, Manchester Road  SO41 6AS.

Prune 1 x Holm Oak tree.

Planning applications and appeals to be considered:

2 Red Cottages, Middle Road, Tiptoe SO41 6FX

Access alterations.

Setters Farm Workshops, Mount Pleasant Lane  SO41 8LS

5No. new business units; demolition of existing tractor shed.

'Builders Yard', Station Road  SO41 6BA

3no new dwellings; demolition of existing buildings.

Land at Lower Mead End Road.

Agricultural building (Demolition of existing building).

Land of South Sway Orchard, South Sway Lane  SO41 6DP


Applications below are for information only (no comments are invited).

Switchells, Birchy Hill  SO41 6BJ

Application under part 6 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 in respect of the siting, appearance and design of an agricultural building.

Applications below are Appeals to the Planning Inspectorate

Fyre Stychen, Mount Pleasant Lane  SO41 8LS

Replacement kennels; associated parking.  Appeal against the refusal of application 17/00659.

Applications below are to be decided by the NFNPA Planning Committee at their public meeting on Tuesday 18th September starting at 09:30 at Lymington Town Hall and all Sway residents are most welcome.  Details and papers at

Beverley, Brighton Road  SO41 6EA

1no new dwelling; car port; 2no semi detached dwellings; car port; 3no sheds; new access (demolition of existing dwelling and outbuilding).

Land rear of 1 & 2 Shelleys Cottages, Manchester Road  SO41 6AS

New dwelling; shed; alterations to access.

Applications below arrived after the agenda was published and will therefore be considered at a later date.

Land at Former Arnewood Turkey Farm, Barrows Lane  SO41 6DD

Replacement building (Plot E) for B8 use; insertion of rooflights and first floor window to Unit A.

For information: Appeals and amendments below arrived after the previous meeting, and need to be responded to before this next meeting, and so were discussed at the 23 Aug 2018 meeting of Sway Parish Council.

Land at Claywood House, Arnewood Bridge Road  SO41 6DA

Stables /Tack room.

Beverley, Brighton Road  SO41 6EA

Appeal against the refusal of application 18/00089 " 4No. new dwellings; 4 No. sheds; new access; demolition of existing dwelling"

Click here for a summary of the latest Sway Planning Applications, with links to the corresponding New Forest National Park case files.

If you need to apply for planning permission (including working on any tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order) then start at the New Forest National Park Development Control Process pages.  If you are making an application it makes sense to consult New Forest National Park Planning and speak to your neighbours; and do consider popping along to Sway Parish Council meeting to tell us what is coming up.
     In a survey of applications that come up listed under Sway:  56% were granted subject to conditions (which vary from the trivial to the onerous); no objections were raised to 6%; prior notification applied to 3%; approval was granted to 3%; permitted development was noted for 1.5%; there was a temporary grant subject to conditions to 1.5%, objections were raised to 1.5%; the applications were withdrawn for 3%; and those refused totalled 25%.
     Appeals fared less well: of the 28 appeals from Sway over a 5 year period: 7% were allowed; 21% were allowed with conditions (which vary from the trivial to the onerous); 7% were allowed in part (somewhere between everything and nothing);  4% were withdrawn; 7% are not yet decided and 54% were dismissed.


The photo above (Bodgett & Scarper) comes from the Sway Scarecrow Competition 2011.  For safer tradespeople in this area see checkatrade at

If you want to comment on a planning application.
     First find the Planning Application - it's probably easiest to go to the New Forest National Park 'Planning Simple Search Page' at
And if it is recent and in Sway Parish just go down to "Weekly List Search", drop down to Sway and search from the most recent back.  When you find the one you are looking for it may be worth making a note of the application number.
     On the results page: click on the application number itself and you'll get to see all the documents. Down at the bottom of that page there is a link for on-line comments - including support and objections.  It is important to get your comments in to the New Forest National Park Planning Office before the consultation period expires.  The duration of consultation is governed by national law and is usually around 35 days from receipt of the application by the planning authority, so by the time you notice it, timing can sometimes be tight.
     The posting of green notices in the street may happen a while after the application has been received, so for an important application do not rely on this.  Similarly there is no strict direction on who should get letters of consultation.  If you do either see a green notice or receive a consultation invitation it may be worth alerting other neighbours.

If you would like to air your views at a Sway Planning & Transport Committee or Parish Council meeting then please do so - you would be welcome. 
      See the Sway Parish Council website meetings page for the date, time and location of the next meeting and just come along. These meetings usually have a large agenda to get through so comments are usually limited to a few minutes each: from the applicant, from one representative of supporters and from one representative of objectors.
    On the New Forest National Parks Planning pages the 'Details of Planning Application' tab marked 'Documents' will take you to the Case File page and there will usually be a document entitled "Parish Briefing Note".  It may be worth inspecting that if you are coming along to a Parish Council Meeting, since that will be one of the documents being considered.



Archive of agenda and minutes now on the Sway Parish Council website. 

The newly expanded Sway Parish Council website (thanks to Cllr. Marchant) now includes all agenda and minutes (including draft minutes until they are replaced by the fully ratified minutes) from May 2014 onwards on the Planning & Transport Committee Minutes page.  Furthermore there is now an archive page of all previous Planning and Transport Committee agenda and minutes from the first meeting in August 2012 to April 2014.