Public Consultations

New Milton Town Council  


We invite our residents and families to participate in a survey about our proposed play park development at Doe Copse Way.

Please click here

Thank you for your interest.  This Consultation is now closed.

See the Statement from New Milton Town Council following the Public Consulation.


New Forest District Council


See Full Details and Links to the Local Plan

Closing Date : 12th August


Clean Air Zones (CAZ) are areas where targeted action is taken to improve air quality. They are being introduced nationally to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide. Southampton City Council and New Forest District Council have been asked by government to assess the need for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ).  

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Regulatory Services at New Forest District Council said, "We are working closely with Southampton City Council on proposals to deliver nitrogen dioxide legal compliance in both Southampton City and the small stretch of the A35 affected in the New Forest.

"Assessments so far have shown that New Forest District Council should be compliant with legal levels without any additional measures by 2020. But measures proposed in Southampton should deliver even more improvements in air quality in the New Forest. 

"The Clean Air Zone consultation, which starts this week, will give anyone interested a good opportunity to comment on the proposals. I would encourage our residents, business, and local groups to have their say."

Full Details of the Consultation.   Closing Date : 13th September.



Hampshire County Council - Relevant to New Milton

Hampshire County Council is asking for residents’ and stakeholders’ views in an eight-week consultation on options for applying budget reductions to subsidies for public transport and street lighting.

This consultation opens on midday on Monday 11 June 2018 and will close at midnight on Sunday 5 August 2018.

The County Council is seeking to make savings through changes to financial support for public transport services. Feedback from passengers will be carefully looked at, alongside data on passenger journeys and the cost of providing individual journeys or services.

The core funding for the operation of community transport schemes, such as Dial-a-Ride, Call and Go, Taxishares and Minibus Group Hire Schemes, are not included in these proposals. This consultation does include questions on proposals to change the discretionary discount for holders of older persons’ bus passes on some community transport services.

The County Council is also asking for views on proposals to switch off some street lights for two or more hours during the night.This would mean that some areas of the county would have no street lighting for a period of the night time.

We will publish the results of this consultation on this website. The findings from the consultation will be presented to the Executive Member for Environment and Transport, for consideration when making decisions, later in the year.

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Hampshire County Council is opening a public consultation on proposed changes to the support provided for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Views are being sought on proposals for moving away from  providing support for those with less critical needs, and focusing support on the most vulnerable - which would include 24/7 supported accommodation to meet the needs of people who are sleeping rough, or at risk of sleeping rough.

The County Council’s Homelessness Support services currently comprise hostels and other supported accommodation, as well as community support services.  These services complement the support provided by district and borough councils who have a statutory duty to ‘prevent and relieve’ homelessness.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “As a consequence of the ongoing and significant financial pressures within adult social care and the growing demand for services, we are having to consider carefully how we spend the limited funding available to us, to ensure it goes to where it is most needed.” 
"We recognise how vital the right support is for those who find themselves homeless, or at risk of being so, and we have spoken to a range of organisations, including district and borough councils, to help us to find solutions on how best to provide support going forward within a reduced budget."

The proposals set out options for potential savings of £1.8 million, and include a continued spend of £2.4 million on homelessness support to help those most in need. Those with less critical needs would be helped to access other sources of information, advice and assistance.
The public consultation will open on Friday, 15 June and close on Friday, 10 August 2018.

The consultation will be published here:

Final proposals relating to future arrangements for County Council funded homeless support will be presented to the Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health for a decision in December. 


New Forest National Parks Authority

People are invited to comment on draft plans to both protect the New Forest and cater for residents and visitors enjoying the area. 

The second stage of the Future Forest consultation runs for eight weeks  (18 June - 12 August).

An online survey and background information are at:

The proposals have been designed to update the actions in the existing Recreation Management Strategy and:

- protect the spectacular, yet fragile, wildlife-rich landscape that people come to see
- manage recreation for local people and visitors
- use limited resources wisely.

The consultation and online survey have been developed by the Recreation Management Strategy Steering Group which comprises the main organisations with a remit for managing recreation in the New Forest: the Forestry Commission, Verderers, National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council, Natural England and New Forest District Council.

Eleven other groups and organisations on the wider Recreation Management Strategy Advisory Group also inputted to the draft proposals.

With the help of feedback received in a first round of consultation last year, seven distinct objectives for managing recreation in the New Forest have been identified by the group:

Convey the things that make the New Forest special to both visitors and local people in more consistent and effective ways, so that they understand the importance of making responsible recreation choices.
Address significant and/or widespread negative impacts caused by recreation in the most appropriate, proportionate and effective ways.
Reduce the barriers that limit participation in beneficial outdoor recreation among those who need it most.
Achieve a net gain for the New Forest's working and natural landscape and for the recreational experience by influencing where recreation takes place.
Increase the level of funding available for recreation management so that it is sufficient to address both existing and upcoming needs.
Collate data and evidence to help inform the ongoing management of recreation.
Regularly review progress against agreed recreation management actions and adapt forward plans to protect the special qualities of the National Park and enable people to enjoy and benefit from them.
Now the steering group is asking for views on how to put these into practice with a set of 25 draft actions.

The 25 actions drafted to achieve these objectives range from developing an agreed New Forest-wide network of key visitor sites and core walking and cycling routes; to measures to protect against specific activities that have impact on the Forest; and increasing the range of initiatives designed to help people understand why the Forest is so special.

Consultation Closes on 12th August.