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New Forest National Park Authority Local Plan Consultation

Notice of Consultation and Statement of Representations Procedure on the New Forest National Park Submission Draft Local Plan (Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 (Regulations 19 and 35)

Title of the plan: New Forest National Park Submission Draft Local Plan 2016 – 2036

Subject matter and area covered by the plan: The New Forest National Park Authority has prepared the Regulation 19 draft Local Plan for submission to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government in Spring 2018 for independent examination. The Local Plan is a key document which sets out the spatial strategy for the National Park up to 2036 and includes specific planning policies to address the key issues facing the National Park. It identifies the level of development over the plan period together with development management policies and site specific allocations for development.

Period of publication for representations: Representations are invited on the Submission draft Local Plan for a 6-week period commencing on Wednesday 17 January and ending at 5.00pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Comments received outside these dates will not be accepted.

Where to view the Local Plan and supporting documents: The Submission draft Local Plan, supporting documents and guidance on how to make a representation are available to view and download at The Local Plan, supporting documents and guidance on how to make a representation are also available to view at the New Forest National Park Authority office at Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG between the hours of 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

How to make representations: Representations may be made in writing, by email or online. Representations should be returned by email to or in writing to the address above. People making representations will be notified of future stages. All comments received will be submitted to the Secretary of State and considered as part of a public examination by an independent Planning Inspector. Representations at this stage should focus on the legal and procedural compliance of the Local Plan, the soundness of the Local Plan and whether the Local Plan is in conformity with the Duty to Cooperate.

Please note that copies of the representations received will be made available for the public to view (including your name, but will not include any personal addresses, email details or signatures), and therefore cannot be treated as confidential.

Steve Avery, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, New Forest National Park Authority.  19 January 2018 

For further information, please click here

Posted in News by Admin on 30/01/2018

What Do We Need To Do To Bring Jobs and Employment To The Waterside?

We all want the best for our community and today Hythe and Dibden was represented by parish, district and county councillors at a Conference looking at economic development on the Waterside; how can we help provide more employment and business opportunities?

The Conference heard from many organisations including the National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council Transport, Fawley Waterside and Associated British Ports as well as Deloitte who have been commissioned to identify the economic opportunities that could be developed for the Waterside area.  All of the presentations that were given can be found on the district council's website

Cllr. Maureen McLean said “ I believe that it is important that Hythe and Dibden Parish Council work to achieve the best for our current and future communities by working with as many different organisations as can help us”.  

Cllr. James Binns, Vice Chairman of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council and Cabinet Member of New Forest District Council  attended the Conference and is keen to hear from local people “I would like to hear from people about the economic opportunities they would like us to consider including in our early discussions”

The Parish Council is currently writing its draft Neighbourhood Plan and Cllr. Graham Parkes is leading on this piece of work, “Providing the right places and infrastructure for jobs and businesses is included in our plan that is being drafted.  Through this process and our work we will endeavour to provide information to the public and we are ready to listen to your thoughts and ideas”. 

Posted in News by Admin on 30/11/2017

10 Years of Parish Development

It's 10 years tomorrow since I became the Parish Development Officer for Hythe & Dibden so I've was doing a little 'looking back'. So many projects, some completed, some still in progress but here's a few.
After a massive community consultation there was a 'wish list' of 10 projects, in order of most requested;
1. Wider variety of more 'upmarket' shops - businesses have come and gone over the last 10 years but despite one of the worst recessions ever the shops are still nearly all full. Against a national average vacancy rate of 14% Hythe has only 2.5% vacant. They way people shop has changed drastically in 10 years and this has had an effect on the type of businesses in High St's all over the country.
2. More facilities for the Under 18's - The Handy Trust works tirelessly with organisations and schools for Under 18 provision, there are now weekly youth clubs on virtually every night of the week, Sports in the park provides activities on every day of the Summer Holidays and the Youth Club is open everyday during every school holiday so young people have somewhere to go and just 'hang'. All the Youth Clubs work together and with schools and there are many 'cross over activities' Such as SJY working with the drama department at Applemore College. There is a dedicated page on Facebook to help young people find work. The ACSO's work alongside the youth workers to keep young people safe.
3. More Visible Policing - The Parish Council worked with Hampshire County Council to provide Community Safety Officers and when the funding was withdrawn Hythe & Dibden Parish Council took them on. Norm and Lou work with the community and  the police to help reduce petty crime.They also introduced the Community messaging system.
4. Improve Waterfront - The Promenade was significantly improved and has now become a much used resource and visitor destination.
5. Cinema - Hythe Cinema was started 9 years ago this month and has showed over 112 films to over 13,000 people, visit the Hythe Cinema page for the latest films.
6. More 'Upmarket' Cafe's and Restaurants - A local franchisee opened Costa Coffee which has been a huge success and there are now independent coffee shops in the Parish. Many restaurants and pubs have also developed their food offer over the last few years too.
7. NHS Dentist & Minor Injuries Unit - This has been a struggle as it is controlled centrally but local people and Councillors have fought hard to maintain as high a level of service as possible.
8. Re-open Railway line - We managed to get the re-opening of the line officially looked at a but sadly it was deemed financially unviable.
9. More Events - We have introduced the Mistletoe Fayre, Art & Vintage Markets, French Markets, Italian Markets and worked in partnership to put on the Hythe Firework Display, Hythe Fete and many others. In addition we have developed passenger liner events and attract visitors from all over the country.
10. More 'footfall' (people visiting shopping areas) - Developing Hythe as a Visitor Destination has been a major change over the last 10 years. We work in partnership with Cruise Southampton and Diamond Coaches to bring cruise related visitors to Hythe. We have introduced the New Forest Tour Bus and the very successful Beach Bus which has increased visitor numbers and we have worked in Partnership with The Herald to produce a Visitor Guide (22,000 distributed) and with a local artist to produce some high quality postcards and posters. The introduction of the Art and Vintage Markets, Italian Markets and French Markets have also increased footfall. In addition we work with start-up businesses and Estate Agents to endeavour to keep the shops occupied.
In addition to all of these projects there are more too numerous to mention including working with partners to secure the American Army base as Hythe Marine Park, which is successful beyond expectation and now employs over 300 people.
So here's to the next 10 years! 

Posted in News by Helen on 05/09/2014

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