The Council





Representing one of the largest districts in the country, New Forest District Council is an active and influential partner within the Hampshire region.

With our main office based in Lyndhurst in the heart of the stunning New Forest National Park, New Forest District Council (NFDC) is an excellent place to work and thrive. We work together to provide a wide range of highly valued services to our community. We are working on some exciting and pioneering initiatives and projects, including tackling climate change, supporting the Solent Freeport (to unlock significant investment, create thousands of new jobs and level up our important coastal communities), promoting regeneration of our town centres, and an exciting fresh approach to modern and innovate working through our Transformation Programme.

We work closely with a growing range of public and private sector partners to promote, support and protect the interests of the district, and we are justly proud of our reputation for delivering high quality services to our residents and the high satisfaction rates that we achieve.

Our vision is to secure a vibrant and prosperous New Forest, guided by the people we serve and working in partnership with others to enhance the quality of lives for all. 

We will achieve this by:

  • Understanding local needs and creating a balanced, healthy community who feel safe, supported and have access to services;
  • Protecting the special character of the New Forest and responding pro-actively to environmental challenges; and
  • Working with others to maintain a vibrant local economy that brings opportunities to the area.

These strategic aims are underpinned by our corporate plan priorities which will be updated in early 2024, focusing on people, place and prosperity. We are working together to develop the capacity and skills of our workforce, promote collective leadership and transform how we operate, with current workstreams including: people, delivery, customer & insight, accommodation and estate, service reviews and digital. We are also accelerating our response to climate change putting in place a clear action plan that will move us closer to Net Zero. Regeneration along the Waterside and Totton town centre is a priority and we are acutely aware of the immediate need to support communities through the current cost of living crisis.

Our values have been refreshed through staff engagement and emphasise:

  • Empathy: We will show kindness, actively look to understand people's different needs, and ensure our services are responsive.
  • Honesty: We will act fairly, honestly, and openly in all that we do.
  • Learning: We will support individual development and organisational growth, learning from what we do well and where we need to improve
  • Ambition: We will be ambitious for our people and our place, embracing innovation and best practice

The current political administration of the Council is made up as follows:

  • Conservative: 26
  • Liberal Democrats: 14
  • Independent: 4
  • Green: 3
  • Labour: 1

The Leader of the Council is Jill Cleary.