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  • Pennington is a great place to be. Our Hampshire village is on the edge of the New Forest National Park and on the shores of the Solent.

    PenningtonVillage.UK is a guide to our area for locals and visitors alike. Local news, things to do, a forum – we have it all!

    We have growing sections on local history, planning, causes and environment. Contributions to content and new ideas are welcomed! 
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  • Pennington is an electoral ward within the local parish of Lymington and Pennington.

    Pennington is also a former manor, which first appeared in history books in c.1270.
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Pennington Project 18-20

Coordinated by the PRA, the project to improve Pennington using money from the Council's Buckland Fund is underway. Read the latest updates here.

Coordinated by the PRA, the project to improve Pennington using money from the Council's Buckland Fund is underway. Read the latest updates here.

Coordinated by the PRA, the project to improve Pennington using money from the Council's Buckland Fund is underway. Read the latest updates here.

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Pennington Lagoon
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Pennington and Oxey Marshes

There are 14 designated sites of special scientific interest across Pennington's marshes, lagoons, and commons, which support a diverse ecosystem.

There are 14 designated sites of special scientific interest across Pennington's marshes, lagoons, and commons, which support a diverse ecosystem.

There are 14 designated sites of special scientific interest across Pennington's marshes, lagoons, and commons, which support a diverse ecosystem. Learn more about Pennington's environment.

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History

Pennington has a fascinating history for such a small and quiet village... knights, salt pans, duels, smuggling, and more!

Pennington has a fascinating history for such a small and quiet village... knights, salt pans, duels, smuggling, and more!

Heritage

Discover what our old buildings, road and place names tell us about our village's past

Discover what our old buildings, road and place names tell us about our village's past

Joan Stephens' Books

Joan Stephens has authored three important books about Pennington's past

Joan Stephens has authored three important books about Pennington's past

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  • UPCOMING! Adoption of the new Local Plan by NFDC Planners

    If the Examination progresses smoothly the revised local plan should be adopted by mid-2019.

  • UPCOMING! Submission of Local Plan for Examination

    The local plan will be submitted for examination in the summer of 2018.

  • UPCOMING! Public Consultation in Spring 2018

    The next formal opportunity for comment will be at the Local Plan pre-submission public consultation stage, which is likely to be in the spring of 2018.

  • UPCOMING! NFDC Local Plan submission to Council

    NFDC are aiming to report the Submission version of the Local Plan to Council in March 2018, subject to the progress and outcome of further technical work.

  • Pig-Gate!

    Pig-Gate!

    In January 2018, Pennington’s Priestlands Secondary School made the newspapers and morning TV due to an online campaign that was aimed at stopping the school’s Food Chain Project. The Project involved the school taking onto its onsite walled miniature farm a certain number of piglets annually. The students would raise..Read More

  • The Wheel (at Bowling Green) to reopen in January!

    The Wheel (at Bowling Green) to reopen in January!

    The Bowling Green hamlet in Upper Pennington wouldn’t be the same without its pub, The Wheel Inn. Check out our page on the Wheel Inn here. Over summer 2017, the Wheel Inn (Pennington) Community Group formed to try to save the pub from closure after it became known that its..Read More

  • 2nd Jan 2018 – The PRAs Frog Prince production was a great success!

    2nd Jan 2018 – The PRAs Frog Prince production was a great success!

    The first PRA-backed production brought to Pennington WI hall was a great success. There was a good turnour at both the afternoon and evening performances! Read more and see photos in the Forum… http://penningtonvillage.uk/village-forum/?view=thread&id=4

  • Council recognises Eric Light’s contributions

    Council recognises Eric Light’s contributions

    As reported in the New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times, the town council heaped praise on Eric Light – former landlord of The Musketeer – in their December 13, 2017 meeting and presented him an award for all his efforts for the Pennington community. Read more about it in the..Read More

  • Town Council Minutes – 13 Dec 2017 (Published Jan 18)

    Cllr Humber confirmed she attended, with Cllr Jackman, a meeting in Pennington regarding the survey of what the village needs. http://lymingtonandpennington-tc.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=35798&p=0

  • PRA 2nd Announcement (on Facebook)

    “UPDATE: The results of the opinion analysis are that 76 opinions were able to be extracted from 296 comments. 36% were in favour of ‘refurbishment of village center / road safety / car parking’. 17% were in favour of ‘renovation / extension of community spaces (buildings)’. And 9% were in..Read More

  • PRA Announcement (on Facebook)

    “Lymington and Pennington Town Council (LPTC) has up to £500,000 to spend on improving the quality of life for the Pennington Community. The Pennington Residents Association (PRA) is keen to get Pennington residents’ opinion on one major project and a few minor projects that can be proposed to the LPTC...Read More

  • Town Council Minutes – 1 Nov 2017 (published 19 Dec 2017)

    The Council’s minutes confirm that the GBP 1.7m cash has been received. The Council confirm that GBP 0.5m has been earmarked for “Pennington and Buckland”. Some additional clarity is needed as later in the minutes Cllr Penson is quoted as saying “Money allocated to Pennington has been earmarked for Pennington..Read More

  • New playground on Pennington Common

    New playground on Pennington Common

    Earlier in the year, the children at Pennington’s schools, the nursery and preschool, voted for the three pieces of equipment they would like to see in their new playground. From 757 responses to the Council, the trampoline came out as most popular, the zip wire second and the pirate lair..Read More

  • 2017: Local Plan Review – Part One

    In September 2017, NFDC published an updated version of the Local Plan Review Part One. The “North Lymington” (rather, “mostly Upper Pennington”) Area on which the  a earlier draft proposed development for 870 homes has been removed from the newly updated Local Plan! This is due to concerns about building on this..Read More

  • Neighbourhood Plan – Stage 2 – Preparing the Plan

    The town or parish council then starts preparing the plan. They must engage the community, notify statutory consultees and build an evidence base to justify the eventual policies and proposals. This stage must include a six week consultation period to publicise the proposals and consider responses. Lymington and Pennington Town..Read More

  • Lymington and Pennington Town Council – Announcement

    LYMINGTON & PENNINGTON TOWN COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE £1.7M PAYMENT FROM BUCKLAND FARM HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SCHEME Lymington & Pennington Town Council is pleased to announce that following much hard work and careful negotiations, £1,710,625 will be paid into the public purse for access rights over the Town Council’s land in Alexandra..Read More

  • NFDC Planning Committee Hearing – Buckland Farm

    On April 12, 2017, NFDCs Planning Committee approved planning for the development of 87 dwellings at Buckland Farm (to the East of Pennington, in Lymington). This comprises: 21 detached houses; 5 bungalows; 26 pairs of semi-detached houses; 3 terrace of 3 houses; garages; parking; landscaping; junction access; estate roads, footpaths;..Read More

  • 2016 – 2036: Local Plan Review

    As before, the Local Plan Review is being prepared in two stages. All adopted policies and proposals are being or will be re-examined to see if they need to be revised, removed or added to. Preparation of the Local Plan Part One: Strategy and Strategic Allocations is underway and will..Read More

  • Slap election!

    In 2015, Pennington was thrust into the news when a councillors was found to have slapped and injured a political rival at a 2012 local election count. The story reached the national newspapers. The Judge refused to accept that the councillor thought they were about to be assaulted by their..Read More

  • Neighbourhood Plan – LPTC approved

    The designated area was already approved by NFDC 21 September 2015. It is noted that where they exist, a town or parish council is the only body that can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in their area. As such, Lymington and Pennington Town Council would automatically qualify so long as the..Read More

  • Neighbourhood Plan – Stage One – Defining the neighbourhood

    The town or parish council, or neighbourhood forum, formally submits a neighbourhood area application to the local planning authority, including the proposed boundary of the neighbourhood area. The local planning authority publicises the application for six weeks and invites comments. The local authority has the power to amend the boundary of..Read More

  • Local Plan – Part Two, Adopted!

    On 14 April 2014, NFDC published the final Part Two Development Plan (that is currently in force). In response to the public outcry, the Milford Road site was no longer proposed for residential development. The areas for development in Upper Pennington were, as set out below, relatively modest in scale (145 houses being..Read More

  • Local Plan Part 2 – Hearing Sessions

    Hearing sessions were held in early 2013 and January 2014.

  • Local Plan Part 2 to the Secretary of State for the process of Public Examination on 12 July 2012

    The Council submitted the Local Plan Part 2 to the Secretary of State for the process of Public Examination on 12 July 2012. Mr Simon Emerson is the Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the Local Plan Public Examination.

  • The National Planning Policy Framework

    The National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF”) was published shortly before the Local Plan Part Two was finalised and submitted for examination. The NPPF states at paragraph 213: “Plans may, therefore, need to be revised to take into account the policies in this Framework. This should be progressed as quickly as..Read More

  • 2011 – Original Local Plan (Part Two)

    In January 2011, NFDC launched a Public Consultation with regards to Part Two of the Local Plan. This is called the Sites and Development Plan. The Public Consultation Document gave local people and businesses the opportunity to review the areas proposed for development by NFDC and provide their feedback. In..Read More

  • Beer lieve it!

    Our lovely neighbours brought Pennington into the news again in 2010 as a certain element of that community rallied a very public resistance to a chain pub coming to the high street (despite the costa coffee, neros, brewers fayre, ASK…. you get the picture). Our village was discussed in the..Read More

  • 2009 – NFDC Core Planning Strategy

    On 26 October 2009, NFDC adopted a Core planning strategy as Part One of their Local Plan for the New Forest (excluding areas within the National Park). In broad terms, the Core Strategy sets out the general level and location for development in the Plan Area, but it does not identify..Read More

  • November 2008  Council published Core Strategy for consultation

  • 2007  “Preferred Options” public consultation

  • Our goss..

    We all remember the “Lymington’s less affluent” neighbour headline, don’t we? Of course we do. Our lovely neighbours put up a fight against an Argos coming to the high street. But it wasn’t the fight itself that caught the media mainstream. Rather it was the comments of a certain high..Read More

  • 2006  “Future Matters – Issues and Options” public consultation

  • 1939 Map

    1939 Map

    Comments on the above maps, as compared to those from 1932: The second section of Pound Road has been completed, with the southern point now touching the wooded area of Haglane Copse. There has been further infill along South Street. Off of North Street, Forward Drive (built by the Forward..Read More

  • 1932 Map

    1932 Map

    As Joan Stephens describes in her books, Pennington started to expand in the late 20’s and early 30’s (baby boom years?). The following changes had occurred by 1932 when compared to the map from 1908: The first section of Pound Road had been built, adding 32 new houses to the..Read More

  • 1930s

    The Rural District Council instruct the building of 30 houses on Pound Ground Allotments. The Blacksmiths at Pennington Cross closed, and was replaced by a garage (where today a Shell garage stands). Roads were resurfaced for motor cars. As such, children no longer played in the street as had been..Read More

  • 1920s

    The last days of being a small rural village. Pennington WI was formed. A troop of Guides and Brownies was formed. Pennington Tennis Club was extremely popular; taking place in a field in South Street.

  • Bombing at The Chequers – 1915

    In Pennington Remembered, Stephens writes of “a unique event in the history of the parish”. Pennington was shelled! In particular, the Chequers Inn was hit. Not, it turned out, by German shells but by shells fired from our own guns on the Isle of Wight!

  • WW1 The Great War – 1914-1918

    WW1 The Great War – 1914-1918

    The men we lost “In 1914 Pennington was a small village of about 809 people living in about 202 houses. Of this small number, by the year’s end 94 men were serving in the Army or Royal Navy and by March 1915 the number was nearer 120. Given conscription, by..Read More

  • 1908 Map

    1908 Map

    Compared to the 1897 maps from eleven years earlier, limited development appears to have taken place: What is now Oliver Road has been built, along with three new houses. An additional track has been built from Priestlands House (now the Guerney Dixon centre) to the road with a second lodge..Read More

  • Description of Pennington in Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire – 1898

    Description of Pennington in Kelly’s Directory of Hampshire – 1898

    Pennington is an ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1839 out the parish of Milford, bounded on the west by the river Avon; the village is about a mile west from Lymington terminal station on a branch of the London and South Western railway and 11 east from Christchurch, in the New..Read More


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