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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.

Neighbourhood Planning News

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no neighbourhood plan referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. Planning guidance has been updated. Neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

Referendums 6 May 2021

The following seven Neighbourhood Plans are due to go to referendum on 6 May 2021:-

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Arne Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Arne Neighbourhood Plan page.

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan page.

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Chickerell Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Chickerell Neighbourhood Plan page.  

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan page.

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Portland Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Portland Neighbourhood Plan page.

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan page. 

Following the successful examination Dorset Council has agreed that the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum.  More information is available on our Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan page.

Other Updates

A Holwell Neighbourhood Plan Review has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.  The consultation process will run from Wednesday 31 March 2021 until the end of Wednesday 19 May 2021.  More information is availabe on our Holwell Neighbourhood Plan page.

 

Knowleton Parish Council have submitted an area application for a Wimborne St Giles Neighbourhood Area. The application includes agreed consent from Cranborne & Edmondsham Parish Council and the Vale of Allen Parish Council where the area application extends into these adjacent parishes. You have until Wednesday 19 May 2021 to make comment on this proposal.

The examination of the Wareham Neighbourhood Plan has now started.  More information is available on our Wareham Neigbourhood Plan page. 

On the 3 March 2021, Dorset Council made a decision to designate the whole of the parish of Corfe Mullen as a neighbourhood area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

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:

Planning Policy

Name: Planning policy team
Email: planningpolicy@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 251010
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