Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan
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.
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.
If the neighbourhood plan is 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 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.
Interested parties have 6 weeks from Friday 26 June 2020 to Friday 7 August 2020 to make comments on the plan. The deadline for responding to the consultation is the end of Friday 7 August 2020. Representations should be made using the response form available via the links below.
Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan Response Form (Word)
Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan Response Form (pdf)
Representations should be sent to the following email address:
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:
Planning Policy Team, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ
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.