This Neighbourhood Development Plan has been written in response to concerns within the community that the Parish of Hythe and Dibden is not preparing itself for the development the community needs in order to remain vibrant and sustainable.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a progression from the RevitalHythe Action Plan that was published in 2008. It is anticipated that the Neighbourhood Plan will lead to other follow-on work such as Local Distinctiveness design guidance, Village Design Statements and Sustainable Transport initiatives.
The response from the public for this plan has been excellent and the Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Planning Group has endeavoured to capture all feedback as evidence to support policies in the Plan that satisfy required planning tests and are legally enforceable.
The people that live in the four communities of Hythe, Dibden, Dibden Purlieu and Butts Ash that make up the Parish of Hythe and Dibden are passionate about their Village and the rural surrounds and want to retain the inherent charm, character, vitality and setting whilst accepting some development will be needed to accomplish this.
I believe that this Neighbourhood Plan, that has required sometimes difficult decisions to be made, will ensure that the community of Hythe and Dibden will be able to contribute in a significant way into how the area evolves into the future. I thank the members of the Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Planning Group who have, on a voluntary basis, given up large amounts of their time, often at the expense of their own goals, to develop and encourage this Plan to evolve.
I would especially like to thank the communities of Hythe, Dibden, Dibden Purlieu and Butts Ash for your support and I hope that you feel that we have all ‘done you proud’.
Councillor Graham Parkes,
Chair of the Hythe and Dibden Neighbourhood Planning Group