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Electoral Review 2019

We have requested that the Local Government Boundary Commission conduct an electoral review of the council, following the work of a Task and Finish Group.

The Commission advised that even without our request, its normal timetable had identified that we were due for a review.

Have your say on a new political map for New Forest District Council

New boundaries are being proposed for our council wards.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 September 2020.

For more information visit the Commission's website.

New Forest Electoral Review (PDF) [688KB]

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing us to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help us work effectively.

The Commission has proposed that there should be 25 wards, divided into four three-councillor wards, 15 two councillor wards and six single-councillor wards. All ward boundaries will change. As part of the recommendations, the Commission has proposed that Boldre Parish remain entirely within Beaulieu, Boldre, East Boldre & Exbury & Lepe ward. The Commission received persuasive evidence arguing that splitting this parish would damage community ties in this area.


The Task and Finish Group proposal includes a reduction from 60 to 48 councillors.

We will be supporting the review in collaboration with the commission through the Task and Finish group, chaired by the Leader of the Council.

Review details

The process of electoral review covers an examination of a council's electoral arrangements. This means:

  • the total number of councillors elected to the local authority
  • the number and boundaries of wards for the purposes of the election of councillors
  • the number of councillors for any ward of a local authority
  • the name of any ward.

Supporting documents

You can download all the supporting documents for the electoral review below.

Report to Cabinet 5 June 2019 (PDF) [186KB] (opens new window)  

Summary of Portfolios (PDF) [504KB]  

Summary of Financial Regulations  (PDF) [53KB] (opens new window)

Delegations (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Scrutiny Panels - Terms of Reference (PDF) [22KB] (opens new window)

Task and Finish Groups (PDF) [97KB] (opens new window)

Report to Cabinet 2 October 2019 (PDF) [493KB] (opens new window)

Council Size Submission - Councillor Questionnaire Data (PDF) [210KB] (opens new window)

Warding Patterns - Presentation to Task and Finish Groups (PDF) [976KB] (opens new window)

Zone 1 - The West (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Briefing Note - The West (PDF) [206KB] (opens new window)

Zone 2 - New Milton, Milford and Hordle (PDF) [933KB] (opens new window)

Briefing Note - New Milton, Milford and Hordle (PDF) [249KB] (opens new window)

Zone 3 - Lymington, Pennington and Rural Central (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Briefing Note - Lymington, Pennington and Rural Central (PDF) [253KB] (opens new window)

Zone 4 - South Waterside (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Briefing Note - South Waterside (PDF) [251KB] (opens new window)

Zone 5 - Totton and North East (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Briefing Note - Totton and North East (PDF) [252KB] (opens new window)

Warding Pattern Proposals (PDF) [239KB] (opens new window)

Appendix A - Polling District Map (PDF) [24MB] (opens new window)

Appendix B - New Forest Map (PDF) [25MB] (opens new window)

Supporting data

The preliminary data submitted to the boundary commission can be downloaded below. Further supporting data will be published here as it becomes available.

Electoral Forecasting Proforma (PDF) [569KB] (opens new window)

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