News & Events - January 2018

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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 Hythe and Dibden Parish Council will be doing in 2018

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and I also hope that, like me, you are looking forward to what 2018 holds for us.  To kick off 2018 I wanted to let you know of a few things that we are doing and how things are getting on.

Our Christmas Lights are something to be proud of.  The village looked lovely and I have received so many positive happy comments about the lights, the trees and the bunting.  We will be having our ‘wash up’ meeting soon and we would be delighted to hear your ideas and receive your offers of help for what we could do next year; incredibly we need to plan for December 2018 very soon to make sure the orders are placed in time!  Thank you to Hythe Alive and our Maintenance Team for all of their hard work.

The Tuesday markets are carrying on and we will be also be returning to bank holiday markets that you told us you missed.  We are planning to introduce monthly Saturday markets and we will let you know the dates as soon as we can.

The new skatepark at Netley View is open and we are now consulting you on what facilities you would like to see provided at the site at Jones Lane.  You can let us know what you think if you haven’t already by completing the survey which is available on line at

We have the funds available and we have the support of Hampshire Police to provide an extra two Police and Community Support Officers for Hythe and Dibden.  We are just waiting for the police to complete their staffing review after which they have assured us they will be in a position for Mr Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner to sign the agreement and for us to get started.  We will let you know as soon as we have news; I want the extra PCSOs in place as soon as possible.

The maintenance team are already getting ready for the new planting season and we will soon see the daffodils blooming in glorious colour once again.  I love seeing the flowers around the Parish and recognise the commitment of the team to getting them to look so good.

I am very grateful for everyone that donated decorations to the community tree in the library and it was wonderful to see and read all of the memory baubles on the Christmas Tree in the Marsh.  We are thinking of doing a thank you tree for 2018 – is that a good idea or have you got any other ideas for the tree?  

2018 will also see a national day commemorating 100 years since the guns fell silent in World War One.  We are planning an evening where we will join others around the UK lighting a beacon so please pop 11th November at 7.00pm in your diaries.  We will let everyone know what is happening where once the details are finalised.  

If you  have any ideas for what we should be doing as your Parish Council please do not hesitate to contact me at and I would like to encourage you to come to the Council meetings and see how your councillors work; you might find it interesting.

I wish you a good 2018.

Councillor Maureen McLean
Hythe and Dibden Parish Council

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