What Is Neighbourhood Planning?
The volunteers of Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Planning Group have been working hard to try to put on paper places where we could provide:
• housing for families and young people;
• possible park and ride sites for the railway if it is re-opened;
• burial sites;
• recreational space and
• cycleway and footpath improvements.
The group has also been trying to reduce the impact on the community of any new port on the Dibden Bay Reclaim and has developed proposals for a Buffer Zone of at least 500 metres between the port and the existing main community.
The group has a number of ideas but at the current time it is unable to provide the planning authorities with the complex and very expensive technical reports for many of the sites; the group is reluctantly not pursuing these in the initial Neighbourhood Plan but it is not giving up. It is committed to delivering what you said this community needs.
At this point you have told us that it is important to secure the Buffer Zone and the Neighbourhood Planning group is working on including this in an initial Neighbourhood Plan. The group will offer the other ideas and sites to the planning authorities to consider in their new local plans. If the local plans do not deliver the needs of the community then the Neighbourhood Planning group will continue to provide this community with what it needs through a review of the Neighbourhood Plan.
So please everyone keep letting us know what you think. We will be at the raft race on the 26th August and on the Tuesday market on the 18th September. We will let you know where else we will be as the dates get organised.
We look forward to hearing from you.