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Built Heritage

The New Forest is well known for its free roaming animals, wide open heathland and ancient commoning traditions.

But the area’s distinctive and attractive buildings also make an important contribution to its unique character.

There are hundreds of beautiful buildings that make the National Park such a special place and each year many high quality new buildings are constructed that enhance the communities in which they are situated.

As the planning authority, we seek to ensure new buildings enhance the built heritage of the National Park.

Each year our building design awards seek to celebrate exceptional new developments.

Our Historic Environment

National Park Archaeologist


'The New Forest was established as a royal hunting forest in 1079 and has a rich and fascinating history.'

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