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Dorset Council's Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning is about giving local people a say over the future growth of their area. They can say what new homes will look like and where they will be built, where employment should be located, what community facilities should be protected or what others are needed, as well as protecting green spaces and the environment.

We have also mapped out all the neighbourhood plans across the Dorset Council area at various stages which includes:

Neighbourhood Planning process

The neighbourhood planning process consists of the following stages:

1. Beginning your relationship with Dorset Council

There is support available to local communities preparing neighbourhood plans or development orders from Dorset Council. We will be there to provide technical support and will be the first point of contact for communities. More support can be found on the Locality website and Planning Aidwebsite.

2. Designating the area

When you contact Dorset Council policy team we will discuss designating an area for your neighbourhood plan.

3. Designating neighbourhood forums

Where there is no town or parish council the community needs to set up a neighbourhood forum to develop a neighbourhood plan. Once designated, the forum will remain designated for five years, unless withdrawn. For further information on setting up a neighbourhood forum please contact the Spatial Policy team.

4. Getting started and building a relationship with your community

This stage involves getting financial support. Central government has provided a support package for community groups undertaking neighbourhood planning, this includes a grant and optional technical support.  

Further information on the current funding, advice and guidance is on the Locality website.

Following this, you'll gather evidence and consult with your community about the opportunities and issues in your area. This will help you decide what to focus your plan on. It is important you fully consult with your community as for the plan to be successful, you will need people to vote in favour of adopting your plan.

5. Preparing the draft Neighbourhood Plan

Following consultation, you'll know what improvements or protection your community would like and you can focus your attention on these areas. Gathering evidence on these issues will be important, you can generate your own and/or you can work with Dorset Council and use existing evidence to inform your plan.

Once you have this information, you can think about policies to help shape your area.

This is where you will draft your plan.

6. Formal consultation

Once you have a draft plan, you'll carry out a formal consultation, called 'regulation 14', with your community and statutory consultees.

Following this, and having considered the consultation responses received, you may want to make changes to your plan before finalising it for submission to Dorset Council.

7. Submit to Dorset Council

When you are happy with your plan and have taken into account comments received to your formal consultation, you will submit your plan and supporting evidence to Dorset Council. We will then carry out another consultation called 'regulation 16'.

8. Examination

After we have finished our consultation, we will submit the plan to an independent examiner.  He /she will examine the plan and consider whether it meets the basic conditions relating to neighbourhood plans. The examiner will also recommend whether the plan should proceed to referendum.

9. Referendum

Upon finishing a successful examination, the Council will hold a referendum in your neighbourhood plan area. You will need to achieve 50% majority of support from your community for the plan to be formally made and used to determine planning applications.

10. The official making of the plan

The plan will then go before full council and be formally 'made', (adopted) by the
Council, meaning it will be used to determine planning applications in your area.

Dorset Council Made Neighbourhood Plans

Name and map of area More information Former Local Authority Area
Askerswell How was the Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan made?

Askerswell Neighbourhood Plan group 

West Dorset District Council 

Bere Regis

How was the Bere Regis Neighbourhood Plan made?

Bere Regis Neighbourhood Plan group

 Purbeck District Council

Bourton

How was the Bourton Neighbourhood Plan made?

Bourton Community Group 

North Dorset District Council

Broadwindsor

How was the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan made?

Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan group

West Dorset District Council

Buckland Newton

How was the Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan made?

Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan group

West Dorset District Council 

Cerne Valley

How was the Cerne Valley Neighbourhood Plan made?

Cerne Valley Neighbourhood Plan group

West Dorset District Council
Fontmell Magna

How was the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan made?

Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan group

North Dorset District Council

Gillingham

How was the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan made? 

Gillingham Area Community Partnership

North Dorset District Council

Hazelbury Bryan

How was the Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Plan made?

Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Plan group

North Dorset District Council

Holwell

How was the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan made?

Holwell Neighbourhood Plan group

West Dorset District Council

Loders

How was the Loders Neighbourhood Plan made?

Loders' Neighbourhood Plan group

West Dorset District Council

Lytchett Matravers

How was the Lytchett Matravers' plan made?

Lytchett Matravers Neighbourhood Plan group

Purbeck District Council

Milborne St Andrew

How was the Milborne St Andrew plan made?

Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan group

North Dorset District Council

Piddle Valley

How was the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan made?

Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan group 

West Dorset District Council

Pimperne 

How was the Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan made?

Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan group 

North Dorset District Council

Shillingstone

How was the Shillingstone plan made? 

Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan group 

North Dorset District Council

Sturminster Newton

How was the Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan made?

Sturminster Neighbourhood Plan group

North Dorset District Council

 

Dorset Council Neighbourhood Plans in progress

Neighbourhood plans starting with A to E

A to E
Name and map of area Stage of the plan More information Former Local Authority Area
Arne  In preparation

Contact:  Arne Parish Council

Purbeck District Council

Alderholt In preparation

Contact: Alderholt Parish Council

East Dorset District Council

Beaminster In preparation

Contact: Mrs Christine Bright  townclerk@beaminster-tc.gov.uk

Cllr Janet Page  cnj@hand-n-head.uk

West Dorset District Council 

Blandford + (including Bryanston and Blandford St Mary)

This plan is at examination

View Blandford + progress

Contact: Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan

North Dorset District Council

Bridport

In preparation

View Bridport's progress

Contact: Town Clerk 

West Dorset District Council
Charmouth

In preparation

View Charmouth's progress

Contact: Parish Clerk 

West Dorset District Council
Chesil Bank In preparation

Contact: Mrs Michele Harding theclerk@chesilbankparish.org 

West Dorset District Council
Chetnole & Stockwood

In preparation

View Chetnole and Stockwood's progress 

Contact: Mrs Sue Woodford, the Parish Clerk, chetnole-pc@btconnect.com 

West Dorset District Council
Chickerell

In preparation

View Chickerell's progress

Contact: Mrs Nicola Briar (Town Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer)  townclerk@chickerell-tc.gov.uk 

West Dorset District Council
Corscombe, Halstock and District

In preparation

Contact: Mrs Freda Hennessy freda@fredahennessy.plus.com or corscombe@dorset-aptv.gov.uk

West Dorset District Council

Neighbourhood plans starting with F to J

F to K
Name of area Stage of the plan More information Former Local Authority Area
Iwerne Minster In preparation

N/A

North Dorset District Council

Neighbourhood plans starting with K to O

K to O
 Name of area Stage of the plan More information Former Local Authority Area
Leigh In preparation

View Leigh's progress

Contact: Sandra Scutt, Chair of Leigh Parish Council - sandra.leighpc@btinternet.com 

West Dorset District Council
Longburton (Cam Vale) In preparation

Contact:  Parish Clerk 

West Dorset District Council

Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch In preparation

Contact: Anne Holloway clerk@maidennewton-pc.gov.uk

West Dorset District Council 

Melbury Abbas & Cann In preparation

View Melbury Abbas and Cann's progress

Contact: Melbury Abbas & Cann Group Parish Council

North Dorset District Council

Milton Abbas In preparation

View Milton Abbas's progress

Contact: Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan Group

North Dorset District Council

Motcombe In preparation

View Motcombe's progress

Contact: Motcombe

North Dorset District Council

Okeford Fitzpaine In preparation

View Okeford Fitzpaine's progress

Contact: Okeford Fitzpaine

North Dorset District Council

Neighbourhood plans starting with P to T

P to T
Name of area Stage of the plan More information Former Local Authority Area
Portland In preparation

View Portland's progress

Contact: Portland Town Council

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council 

Puddletown In preparation

Contact the Parish Clerk 

West Dorset District Council  

Queen Thorne In preparation

 Contact the Parish Clerk

 West Dorset District Council

Shaftesbury In preparation

View Shaftesburys' progress 

Contact: Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Planning Group

North Dorset District Council

Stinsford In preparation

Contact: Kirsty Riglar stinsford@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

West Dorset District Council 

Sturminster Marshall In preparation

View Sturminster Marshalls' progress

Contact: Alison Clothier (Parish Clerk) sturminstermarshall@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

East Dorset District Council

Sutton Poyntz In preparation

View Sutton Poyntz Society's progress

Contact: Bill Egerton (Secretary, Sutton Poyntz Society)

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Neighbourhood plans starting with U to Z

U to Z
Name of area Stage of the plan More information Former Local Authority Area
Upper Marshwood Vale In preparation

View Upper Marshwood Vale's progress

Contact: Parish Clerk

West Dorset District Council

Wareham Town

This plan is at examination

View Wareham Town's progress

Contact: the neighbourhood plan group

Purbeck District Council

West Lulworth

This plan is no longer being progressed

 Contact: the Parish Clerk

Purbeck District Council

Wool Parish

In preparation

Contact: the Parish Clerk

Purbeck District Council

Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca In preparation

View Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca progress

Contact: Parish Clerk

West Dorset District Council

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