Read our latest news releases
New Forest District Council works to improve biodiversity
1 June 2023. We are working to increase and encourage the variety of animal and plant life in the area.
Public invited to take part in consultation on draft 'Planning for Climate Change' supplementary planning document (SPD)
23 May 2023. We have launched a public consultation for a draft Planning for Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) which will guide how new developments should respond to climate change in the district area outside of the National Park.
Councillor Neville Penman elected as Chairman
23 May 2023. On Monday (22 May 2023), we held our Annual Council meeting and elected the new Chairman for the coming year as Cllr Neville Penman.
New Forest businesses highly rated in mystery shopping scheme
23 May 2023. Independent shops and hospitality businesses in the New Forest have been celebrated in a recent mystery shopper programme.
New Forest District Council supports English lessons in Lymington library
23 May 2023. We have allocated £2,500 from our Homes for Ukraine funding towards the continuation of English lessons at Lymington library.
New cabinet and responsibilities announced
23 May 2023. Following the district elections on 4 May, Cllr Jill Cleary, Leader, has announced her new cabinet at the Annual Council meeting on 22 May 2023.
New Forest residents have until 31 May to apply for Government energy bills support
19 May 2023. New Forest District residents who heat their homes using alternative fuels or do not pay bills directly to an energy supplier have until 31 May to apply for energy bills support.
Remember to bring your photo ID on election day
28 April 2023. Residents in the New Forest are being urged to remember their ID when they go to vote on 4 May.
News statement 5 April 2023 - Public Space Protection Orders
5 April 2023. Following public consultation, we have approved bringing in new powers to ban the lighting of fires in the open Forest and the feeding and petting of Forest animals.
New Forest residents benefit from five community hubs
21 March 2023. New Forest residents can access additional cost of living support at five weekly community hubs, located in Calshot, New Milton, Totton, Pennington, and Fordingbridge.
Join local litter heroes for this year's New Forest Spring Clean
16 March 2023. We are supporting litter heroes across the district for this year's New Forest Spring Clean with the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry England.