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.
How neighbourhood plans related to adopted local plans in Dorset Council
When adopted, neighbourhood plans become part of the development plan for the area. See the adopted local plans. This means they will sit alongside the Local Plan and be considered in deciding whether or not planning permission should be given. Plans that will be adopted after the adoption of the Dorset Council Local Plan will become part of this plan.
We have also mapped out all the neighbourhood plans across the Dorset Council area at various stages which includes:
Neighbourhood planning news
The Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Dorset Council for independent examination. Consultation on the plan will take place between 31 January and 13 March 2020. More information is available on our Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan page.
The independent examiner's report on the Portland Neighbourhood Plan examination has been received. More information is available on our Portland Neighbourhood Plan page.
Dorset Council has agreed the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The referendum will be held on Thursday 27 February 2020. More information is available on our Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan page.
Dorset Council has agreed the Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The referendum will be held on Thursday 13 February 2020. More information is available on our Upper Marshwood Vale Neighbourhood Plan page.
Dorset Council has agreed the Sutton Poyntz Neighbourhood Plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The referendum will be held on Thursday 13 February 2020. More information is available on our Sutton Poyntz Neighbourhood Plan page.
The referendum relating to the Motcombe Neighbourhood Plan took place on 7 November 2019. The majority (79.8%) voted for Dorset Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help decide planning applications in the parish of Motcombe. The Plan was considered by Dorset Council's Cabinet on 10 December 2019 and the decision was made to make the neighbourhood plan part of the development plan for the parish of Motcombe.
The referendum relating to the Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Plan took place on 8 August 2019. The result of the referendum was that a majority (91%) voted for Dorset Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help decide planning applications in the Parish of Milborne St Andrew. The Plan was considered by Dorset Council's Cabinet on 1 October 2019 and the decision was made to make the neighbourhood plan part of the development plan for the Parish of Milborne St Andrew.
The Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2033 has been submitted to the Council for independent examination. The public and other interested parties had from Friday 15 February to Friday 29 March 2019 to make any comments they may have about the plan and its associated documents. An independent examiner (Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI) is currently examining the plan. The examiner issued a question to Dorset Council and the Steering Group, Blandford Forum Town Council as part of the examination. Dorset Council and Blandford Forum Town Council sent a response to the examiner on 18 June 2019. A non-statutory exploratory meeting relating to the plan took place on Thursday 22 August 2019 at 10am. The meeting took place at Blandford Parish Centre, The Plocks, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DW.
Full details are set out in the Notice of Exploratory Meeting, the Agenda of the Exploratory Meeting and the Meeting Notes of the Exploratory Meeting. Dave Chetwyn of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC (A Locality appointed Planner supporting the neighbourhood plan) has sent a letter to the examiner following the Exploratory Meeting. A hearing relating to the plan took place on the 12 November 2019. The hearing started at 9am and took place at The Badger's Sett, Sealy Suite, The Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AJ. Further important information regarding the hearing is set out in the Notice of Public Hearing. The agenda for the hearing has now been published. It includes an itinerary for the site visit and other important information. In response to requests from the Examiner, set out in his agenda, Dorset Council and Blandford Forum Town Council (the Qualifying Body) produced statements in advance of the hearing.
A note of the matters discussed at the hearing has been approved by the Examiner. The Examiner has approved it as a broad indication of the discussion at the hearing and is of the view that it should be read as no more than a precis for that purpose.
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'.
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.
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.
Parish Councils who have not already done so can sign up to the Public Sector Mapping Agreementin order to use our Ordnance Survey data without getting into any copyright difficulties.
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