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New political map for New Forest District Council

11th January 2021

New Forest District Council is set to have new boundaries for its wards.



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New wards for New Forest District Council

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2020

High resolution map available at


The Local Government Boundary Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It has reviewed New Forest District Council to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.


The Commission has published final recommendations for changes in New Forest. It says residents should be represented by 48 councillors. This is 12 fewer than current arrangements.


There will be 26 wards, with between one and three councillors per ward. The boundaries of all wards will change. 


Publishing the recommendations Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:


“We are very grateful to people in New Forest. We looked at all the views they gave us. They helped us improve our earlier proposals.

 “We believe the new arrangements will guarantee electoral fairness while maintaining local ties.” 

People and organisations made 233 comments to help decide the new wards. Changes in response to what local people said include: 

New recommendations for Diben & Dibden Purlieu; Hythe Central; and Hythe South, which reflects proposals received.

Adopting the Council’s proposed two-councillor Lymington and Pennington wards.


The Commission has made further changes to its earlier proposals. Details can be found on its website at     

Parliament now needs to agree the changes. The new arrangements will then apply for the 2023 council elections.  



Notes to editors: 

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email

An interactive map is available at

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:

  • Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors
  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities
  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances