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Hythe and Dibden communities to have more say on planning their local area 18 March 2019

Hythe and Dibden residents are invited to have their say on a draft Neighbourhood Plan which enables local communities to have more influence on development in their area.

Introduced by the Localism Act 2011, Neighbourhood Plans set out local planning policies for the area that will ultimately be used in determining planning applications.

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council started work on its Neighbourhood Plan in 2015 and there have already been several rounds of public consultation to help shape the draft Plan.

The next step is a six-week consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan. As the parish includes land in both the New Forest National Park and New Forest District Council areas, the two planning authorities have jointly  published the draft Neighbourhood Plan for people to give their feedback. A Basic Conditions Statement and a Consultation Statement have also been published in support of the draft Plan.

Comments on these documents are invited by 5pm on Monday 29 April and they should be submitted to

  • Paper copies of the draft plan and supporting documents can be viewed at:
  • New Forest District Council Office, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst
  • Hythe and Dibden Parish Council Office, The Grove, 25 St Johns Street, Hythe
  • The Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe
  • New Forest NPA Office, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington.

All of the comments received will be considered by an independent Examiner appointed by the planning authorities. If the Plan is supported by the Examiner, the final stage would be to hold a local referendum where the local community in Hythe and Dibden will be asked whether they support the Neighbourhood Plan.   

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Published: 18 Mar 2019
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