Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan
A public referendum on the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan is due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Further details regarding the referendum are below.
The Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Dorset Council for examination in Nov 2019. At the examination, an independent examiner reviewed the plan and made recommendations in accordance with the 2011 Localism Act and related regulations. In particular, the examiner considered whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and identifies an appropriate area for a referendum.
The basic conditions, which are set out in the legislation, are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans are compatible with their wider context. The plan must:
- have regard to national planning policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
- contribute to achieving sustainable development;
- be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan for the area (West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan); and,
- be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements
If the neighbourhood plan is supported by a local referendum, it will become part of the development plan for Dorset and its policies will be used to make decisions on relevant planning applications in Puddletown alongside other appropriate policies within the remainder of the development plan.
Dorset Council has agreed with the findings of the Examiner’s Report and has agreed that a referendum should take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Documents relating to the referendum are listed below:
The information being made available is:
Decision to proceed to referendum
Following the successful examination of the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan, Dorset Council agreed that the plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The council released a Decision Statement on 11 March 2020 to this effect.
On 3 December 2020 the examiner wrote to Dorset Council and Puddletown Parish Council to issue his examination report. The report recommends that the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan should, subject to modification, proceed to referendum.
As part of his examination of the plan, the examiner had 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 provided a review of the plan and made recommendations in accordance with the 2011 Localism Act and related regulations.
An updated version of the neighbourhood plan which incorporates the policy modifications identified in the examiner's final report will be submitted to the council. After considering the updated neighbourhood plan the council will then take a decision on whether to refer the plan to referendum. It will publish its decision on this page of its website.
If the neighbourhood plan is supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.
A Statement of Common Ground has been agreed between the Parish Council, Dorset Council and Natural England regarding the matter of internationally important wildlife sites in proximity of the plan area.
Statement of Common Ground
In accordance with Regulation 17 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the submitted plan, supporting documents, and all representations received during the 6-week consultation period were sent to an Independent Examiner (Mr Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ). The Examiner considers whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and will identify an appropriate area for a referendum.
The examiner wrote to us and the Puddletown Parish Council on the 14 September 2020 to clarify several initial procedural matters. On 23 September 2020 Dorset Council and Puddletown Parish Council received a letter from the examiner to ask a number of questions.
We wrote back to the examiner on 6 October 2020 in response to those questions.
The Puddletown Parish Council wrote back to the examiner on 6 October 2020 with their response.
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 will run from Friday 26 June until Friday 7 August 2020. This is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to raise concerns they have about the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner will be appointed and any concerns will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.
The Puddletown Area Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:
Other supporting evidence can be viewed on the neighbourhood plan website.
In the time of COVID-19 hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan will not be available to view at the Community library or the Dorset Council Office. The plan and the supporting documents can be viewed on the Puddletown Area Parish Website.
Representations received to the submitted Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan
As the local planning authority, Dorset Council was required to consult on the plan before the examination took place. This consultation took place for six weeks from Friday 26 June to Friday 7 August 2020. The responses received during this period are below.