The planning application has now been submitted to the Council, if you wish to make any comments on the proposal these should be directed to the Council.

The appropriate webpage is;

the planning application number 20/00718 .

Hoburne Development is working on a proposal for the redevelopment of the former Lyndhurst Park Hotel site. This exhibition provides information about the emerging proposal. Questions and feedback are encouraged.

The site has been identified in the New Forest Local Plan (2016 to 2036) as being one of the largest brownfield sites within the National Park and the main area with development potential.

The site sits on the eastern edge of Lyndhurst and within the Lyndhurst Conservation Area. Lyndhurst has a population of 3,200 and is identified as having the widest range of services and facilities of all the settlements within the New Forest National Park.


A number of planning applications have been submitted in the past seeking permission to develop the site. These applications were determined prior to the site being allocated in the New Forest National Park Local Plan.


In formulating the concept design, we have been mindful of:

  • The planning history
  • Site opportunities and constraints
  • The character of the surrounding area
  • National and local planning policies
  • Viability considerations

Your feedback will influence the form and content of any planning application.

The final design will also be influenced by the findings of technical assessments. A project team has been appointed to take these forward.

Policy SP24 of the New Forest National Park Local Plan allocates the site for a mixed use development for around 50 dwellings alongside the retention of the historic elements of the existing building and development could include tourism uses.

Policy SP24 identifies a series of site specific requirements:

a. The site must be redeveloped in a comprehensive manner.

b. The historic elements of the existing hotel building must be retained and could be used for a range of uses including tourism and residential use. A detailed heritage assessment will be required to justify any proposals which harmed their retention.

c. The design and scale of the redevelopment of the site must conserve or enhance the character of this part of the Lyndhurst Conservation Area.

d. Redevelopment proposals must retain the important trees on the site that contribute to the open verdant setting and the site’s edge-of-village location.

e. Redevelopment proposals for the site should be accompanied by a Transport Assessment, given the proximity of the site to the designated Lyndhurst Air Quality Management Area. Adequate parking provision must be made on-site.

f. Proposals for C3 residential use must provide on-site affordable housing for local people in housing need as close to the authority’s target of 50% affordable housing as is viable. Viability will be demonstrated through an open book approach.

g. All of the dwellings on site will be limited to a maximum total internal habitable floor area of 100 square metres.

h. Any proposals for C2 use (i.e. where no affordable housing for local people would be provided) must be accompanied by a legal agreement requiring the occupancy to be limited to those with a local connection.

i. Development proposals must ensure future access to existing water supply.


Opportunity: to continue the existing High Street, providing additional flexible retail units.

The scale and vernacular reflecting the existing buildings.


Opportunity: to provide a visual link and connection between Bolton’s Bench and the High Street.

There is an opportunity to increase permeability across the site frontage.

Ordnance Survey mapping from 1871 shows the building in its original form of Glasshayes House, a private residential property.

This photograph of Glasshayes House taken at the turn of the twentieth century shows a central entrance point flanked by two, prominent castellated features with what appears to be a later addition of a western ’wing’ behind.



Arthur Conan Doyle produced sketches of a then proposed extension to Glasshayes House, which includes the addition of an additional level of accommodation and the inclusion of a turreted feature directly above the entrance together with the introduction of a castellated tower.

As the development proposal evolves, we are looking at the opportunity to retain the historic façade of the building and reintroduce some of the lost detailing.

This would better reveal the value of the building as a heritage asset and the features referenced in Arthur Conan Doyle’s sketches.

This includes:

  • Removal of the modern entrance and reforming the historic entrance
  • Reintroducing lost chimneys

The proposal will provide a defined continuation of the High Street frontage and seeks to complete the street scene through the development of the site.


The proposal provides 123 surface level parking spaces, while integral bin and cycle parking avoid cluttering the street scene.

The open areas to the south and east of the proposal provide amenity space and could be laid out with a network of paths to facilitate access.

There is also an opportunity for ecological enhancements within the site.


The layout provides good links between the street and the proposal will include dedicated access points for vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. This ensures clear delineation between the living areas and the parking provision.

The proposal engages with the High Street and seeks to extend the retail offer at ground-floor level with flexible spaces


The residential elements of the proposed built form will be set back from the High Street and staggered to allow for a connection to Bolton’s Bench.


Landscape planting will provide a definable boundary between the private and public domains with points of permeability through the site.

Private balconies are provided to the town houses and will be of a size that will allow for two people to sit out.


Spaces within the proposal are clearly marked.

The proposed parking areas allow for pedestrian movement and access to the bin and cycle stores without conflict.

The proposal has evolved from a design-led approach. This has established the footprint and scale of built form that can be accommodated within the site.

Adopting the requirement of the New Forest National Park Authority that the maximum habitable floor area of a residential property is 100 sqm has resulted in the built form delivering:

  • 77 residential units: a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, including apartments and houses
  • 5 commercial units
  • 8 holiday rental units within the historic element of the Lyndhurst Park Hotel Hoburne Development is keen to deliver affordable housing to meet local needs. The final number of onsite affordable housing will be guided by viability considerations.
  • 123 surface level car parking spaces are proposed, together with internal bin and bikes stores.

The proposal seeks to retain the tree belt on the eastern boundary of the site and maintain the established trees which line the site’s western and southern boundaries.


We would welcome your views on our emerging proposals. Should you have any comments, please contact us.

Contact Us

For further information regarding Lyndhurst Park Hotel,  please contact Chapman Lily Planning on 01929 55 38 18.