Neighbourhood Plan Examination
An independent examiner Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ has been appointed to examine the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan.
The examiner wrote to us and Charmouth Parish Council on the 12 August 2021 to clarify several initial procedural matters. On 18 August 2021 Dorset Council and Charmouth Parish Council received a letter from the examiner to ask a number of questions. Charmouth Parish Council wrote back on the 31 August 2021 and Dorset Council responded on the 3 September 2021. In response to a concern that the Environment Agency's advice may be misinterpreted, Dorset Council sought clarification from the Environment Agency on 25 August and 3 September 2021 with a letter of response received by the Environment Agency on 7 September 2021.
As part of his examination of the plan, the examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies legal requirements.
The basic conditions are set out in the legislation, and are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit within their wider context. The plan must:-
- have regard to national planning policies and guidance
- contribute to achieving sustainable development
- be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan ie the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Adopted Local Plan
- be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations
- not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017
The examiner will provide a review of the plan and make recommendations in accordance with the 2011 Localism Act and related regulations.
If the neighbourhood plan is supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.
Representations received to the submitted Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan
As the local planning authority, Dorset Council was required to consult on the plan review before the examination took place. This consultation took place for six weeks from Friday 18 June 2021 until Friday 30 July 2021. The responses received during this period are below.
Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan Responses Table
|CHAR1||Blandford Forum Town Council|
|CHAR2||Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group|
|CHAR6||Mr R Hughes|
|CHAR7||Marine Management Organisation|
Dorset Council received a late submission from the Environment Agency (CHAR10) which the Examiner has accepted and can be found in the table above.
Consultation on the Submitted Plan
As the local planning authority, the council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination takes place. The consultation process took place from Friday 18 June until Friday 30 July 2021 (midnight). It provided an opportunity for individuals and organisations to make any comments they have about the plan with regard to its content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner will be appointed and any comments will be passed on to him/her for consideration as part of the examination process
The Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:
- Charmouth Parish Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2035
- Consultation Statement
- Draft Basic Conditions Statement
- SEA Screening Report
- Habitats Regulation Assessment Report
- Village Consultation and Survey, Reports and Analysis
- Open Forum Events & Feedback
- Service Provider Report
- Charmouth Housing Needs Assessment
- Charmouth Housing Needs Statement
- Green Areas Audit
- Botanical Survey of Verges along A35 Charmouth Bypass
- Local Green Spaces Report
- Additional Maps
- DERC Wildlife Information
- Coastal Defences - Potential Direct Losses at Foreshore Following Damage to or Loss of Coastal Defences
- Charmouth Parish Council Report on DEFRA Coastal Change Pathfinder Programme
- The Built Environment and Amenities Report
- Charmouth Neighbourhood Planning Terms of Reference
- Neighbourhood Plan Process Visual
Other supporting evidence can be viewed on the neighbourhood plan website.
A hard copy of the Neighbourhood Plan should also be available for public inspection at Charmouth and Dorchester libraries, during their usual opening hours.
If you wish to comment please use the Response Form below and send it to us by the end of Friday 30 July 2021.
Comments on the plan can be emailed to email@example.com
Given the majority of Dorset Council’s Planning staff are currently working remotely, in response to Government restrictions relating to coronavirus, the council would ask that interested parties refrain from sending any response forms by post if at all possible. If you have no alternative then response forms should be sent to:
Spatial Planning, Dorset Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ