New Forest District

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New Forest
New Forest District
Non-metropolitan district
New Forest shown within Hampshire
New Forest shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Lyndhurst
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body New Forest District Council
 • Leadership Leader and Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Julian Lewis
Desmond Swayne
 • Total 290.8 sq mi (753.2 km2)
Area rank 47th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 178,907
 • Rank 99th (of 326)
 • Density 620/sq mi (240/km2)
 • Ethnicity 94.9% White British
2.67% White Other
0.94% Asian
0.35% Black
1.14% Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UJ (ONS)
E07000091 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU2581608959

New Forest is a local government district in Hampshire, England. It is named after the New Forest.

It was created on 1 April 1974, and was a merger of the borough of Lymington, New Forest Rural District and part of Ringwood and Fordingbridge Rural District.

The district is one of the most populated in England not to be a unitary authority. It was recommended by the Banham Commission to become one in 1995, but this case was vetoed by the government of the day.

Parishes and settlements