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Corporate plan 2024 to 2028

Our corporate plan plays a principal role in the strategic framework for the council.  It is the overarching document that sets out our vision, values, priorities and commitments. 

The plan focuses on the challenges we face, and all that we can do as an organisation to address them.

The plan builds on the foundations already laid out, maintaining our commitment to financial sustainability and excellence in service delivery.

To read the plan in full, you can download the PDF version below.

Corporate plan 2024 to 2028 (PDF) [17MB]

People, place, prosperity

Our corporate plan for 2024-2028 is a comprehensive roadmap outlining the vision, values, and priorities for the next four years.

It reflects a commitment to serving residents, improving communities, and safeguarding the unique environment of the New Forest.

Under the leadership of Cllr Jill Cleary, and Chief Executive Kate Ryan, the council aims to address key challenges and seize opportunities while prioritising people, place, and prosperity.


To secure a better future by supporting opportunities for the people and communities we serve, protecting our unique and special place, and securing a vibrant and prosperous New Forest.



The council is dedicated to supporting vulnerable residents, addressing financial hardships, and ensuring access to affordable housing. Community engagement, homelessness prevention, and improving housing quality are central to this priority.


Recognising the significance of the district's natural environment, the council aims to balance growth with conservation efforts. Strategies include sustainable development, climate resilience, and enhancing community spaces.


The plan seeks to foster economic growth while ensuring inclusivity and sustainability. Initiatives include promoting the Solent Freeport, supporting local businesses, and championing skills development and employment opportunities.


Our values - LEAF - underpin the council's vision and priorities by shaping our behaviours and the way we work.


We learn from what we and others do well and where we need to improve, supporting staff development and organisational growth.


We show kindness, actively seek to understand people's different needs, and ensure our services are responsive.


We are ambitious for our people and our place, embracing innovation and best practice.


We act fairly, honestly, and openly in all that we do.

The corporate plan is underpinned by the Future New Forest Transformation Programme.

The council's transformation programme focuses on customer-centric service delivery, efficient working practices, workforce development, and financial sustainability.

It emphasises digital innovation, diversity, employee wellbeing, and environmental sustainability.

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