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Neighbourhood area application and designation

Town and Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums will need to apply to North Dorset District Council (NDDC) in order to designate a neighbourhood plan area.

To do this they will need to submit:

a map identifying the area to which the application relates
a statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate to be designated as a neighbourhood area
a statement that the organisation or body making the area application is a relevant body.

A relevant body is described as a parish council, or a neighbourhood forum as described in  Section 61G of the 1990 Town & Country Planning Act.

Neighbourhood area applications

Once the application is received we will publish the submitted information on our website showing:

  • a copy of the area application
  • details of how to make representations
  • the date by which representations must be received

The application may also be advertised locally on parish and town council notice boards and websites to ensure that it is brought to the attention of people who live, work or conduct business in the area.

Designated neighbourhood areas

Boundaries of all existing designated neighbourhood areas in the North Dorset District are shown on the  Designated Neighbourhood Areas Map for North Dorset.

North Dorset Neighbourhood Plans - Area Designations

Area NameDesignated Area (map)Designation dateNeighbourhood Plan website
Gillingham Gillingham Neighbourhood Area 20 August 2012 Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan
Bourton Bourton Neighbourhood Plan Area 10 December 2012 Bourton Community website
Shillingstone Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan Area 16 September 2013 Shillingstone Neighbourhood Plan website
Blandford + (including Bryanston and Blandford St Mary) The Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan Area 17 February 2014 Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan website
Sturminster Newton The Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan Area 17 February 2014 Sturminster Newton Neighbourhood Plan website
Okeford Fitzpaine Okeford Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Plan Area 14 April 2014 Okeford Fitzpaine website
Pimperne Pimperne Neighbourhood Plan Area 14 April 2014 Pimperne website
Milborne St Andrew Milborne St Andrew Neighbourhood Area 16 June 2014 Milborne St Andrew website
Milton Abbas Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Area 19 September 2015 Milton Abbas Neighbourhood Plan Group
Motcombe Motcombe Neighbourhood Area 22 February 2016 Motcombe website
Iwerne Minster Iwerne Minster Neighbourhood Plan Area 22 June 2016 Iwerne Minster website
Fontmell Magna Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan Area 22 June 2016 Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan website
Hazelbury Bryan Hazelbury Bryan Neighbourhood Area 28 October 2016 Hazelbury Bryan Parish Council website
Shaftesbury Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Area  29 November 2017 Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Planning Group website
Melbury Abbas & Cann Melbury Abbas & Cann Neighbourhood Area 29 November 2017 Melbury Abbas & Cann Group Parish Council website

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