Conservation Areas

The designation of a conservation area imposes a duty upon the council to protect and enhance it.

On this page, you can find out more about individual conservation areas in New Forest. This includes links to guidance if you are planning works in a conservation area.

Conservation areas in New Forest

There are 22 conservation areas in the New Forest district. They range from a farmstead to areas of more than a square mile. Our conservation areas include historic town centres such as Lymington and Ringwood, and whole villages in the Avon Valley and Downland areas.

The principal consideration in identifying a conservation area is its quality and interest, rather than individual buildings.

We have published a number of Conservation Area Appraisals to inform and manage change and development in these areas.

We have also published character statements for each conservation area. This provides a 'starting point' for understanding the places that they describe.

Planning guidance for work in a conservation area

If you are planning on carrying out any work in a conservation area, you will need to apply for permission by submitting a planning application. There are specific planning controls in conservation areas, as well as for demolition or substantial demolition of an unlisted building.

For works to trees in a conservation area, you must give us six weeks' notice. During this time, we may decide to serve a Tree Preservation Order.

In addition, permitted development rights on dwelling houses are restricted. The rights can be restricted further by the introduction of an Article 4 Direction.

Conservation Area Appraisals

You can download all our published Conservation Area Appraisals below.

Icon for pdf Fordingbridge Conservation Area Appraisal [2.42MB]

Icon for pdf Hythe Conservation Area Appraisal [2.69MB]

Icon for pdf Lymington Conservation Area Appraisal [4.13MB]

Icon for pdf Milford-on-Sea Conservation Area Appraisal [2.21MB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood Conservation Area Appraisal [2.24MB]

Conservation area character statements

You can download a character statement for each conservation area below.

Icon for pdf Ashlett Creek character statement [761.35KB]

Icon for pdf Bickton character statement [442.15KB]

Icon for pdf Breamore character statement [586.47KB]

Icon for pdf Buckland (Lymington) character statement [960.62KB]

Icon for pdf Damerham character statement [818.77KB]

Icon for pdf Eling character statement [404.4KB]

Icon for pdf Fordingbridge character statement [1.24MB]

Icon for pdf Hanger Farm and Hazel Farm character statement [666.3KB]

Icon for pdf Harbridge and Ibsley character statement [815.01KB]

Icon for pdf Hythe character statement [786.95KB]

Icon for pdf Kings Saltern (Lymington) character statement [386.85KB]

Icon for pdf Lymington character statement [2.34MB]

Icon for pdf Martin character statement [392.17KB]

Icon for pdf Milford-on-Sea character statement [1.46MB]

Icon for pdf Old Milton Green character statement [382.65KB]

Icon for pdf Ringwood character statement [1.65MB]

Icon for pdf Rockbourne character statement [434.78KB]

Icon for pdf Royal Naval Armaments Depot (Marchwood) character statement [427.87KB]

Icon for pdf Sopley character statement [470.55KB]

Icon for pdf Whitsbury character statement [777.67KB]

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