When designing alterations to a building or a new building, there are several places where you can look for guidance.
Look at Local Planning Authority Design Guidance
Both Local Planning Authorities who cover the parish of Ringwood publish useful design guidance.
New Forest District Council publish the following guidance which apply to Ringwood parish:
New Forest National Park Authority publish the following guidance which apply to Ringwood parish:
Undertake a Pre Application Submission
Once you have a design you are happy with it can be useful to have discussions with the Local Planning Authority, be that New Forest District Council or New Forest National Park Authority, depending where you are in the parish. Details of how to seek pre application advice from them can be found here for New Forest District Council and here for New Forest National Park Authority.
Find an Expert
As a Society we naturally promote the highest standards of design and key to this is finding a suitably experienced person to help you with your design.
There are several professional bodies whose members might be able to assist you with your project. These are: