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Holwell Neighbourhood Plan

Holwell Neighbourhood Plan

Following a 'yes' vote in the referendum on 7 February 2019, West Dorset District Council officially 'made' the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan on 26 February 2019.

West Dorset District Council has taken the decision to make the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan (as modified in accordance with the Examiner's recommendations) part of the development plan for the Holwell neighbourhood area.  The Report to the Council and the Adoption Decision Statement are available.

Referendum Result

The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on Thursday 7 February 2019.  From an electorate of 302 there was a turnout of 133 (44.04%).  The result; votes in favour 109 (81.95%) and votes against 24 (18.05%).

The plan will now proceed to Full Council on 26 February 2019 where a decision will be made on making the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan part of the development plan for the Holwell parish area.

Holwell Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Following the successful examination of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan, West Dorset District Council agreed to enable the plan, as amended to proceed to referendum. The council released a Decision Statement to this effect.

The referendum was held on Thursday 7 February 2019 across the Holwell parish area.

The information made available for the referendum was:

Neighbourhood Plan Examination

An independent examiner Mr Andy Mead was appointed after the decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination. His examination report was released on 28 November 2018 with the recommendation that the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan, should proceed to referendum, subject to modification.

Following the submission of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to us and Holwell Parish Council on the 26 October 2018 to clarify several initial procedural matters.

As part of his examination of the plan, the independent 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 i.e. the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Adopted Local Plan
  • be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations

At the examination, an independent 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 approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

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 ran from Thursday 6 September 2018until Friday 19 October 2018. This was an opportunity for individuals and organisations to raise concerns they had about the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner has been appointed and any concerns will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

The Holwell Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:

Additional Evidence:

A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House and at Sherborne Library. Holwell Parish Council also has copies available, the Parish Clerk can be contacted if you want to arrange to see them. The Parish Clerk contact details are available on the Holwell Parish Council website


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