The Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2033 was made (adopted) by Dorset Council on 22 June 2021.

Following a majority 'yes' vote in the referendum, the decision was taken to make the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011  2033 part of the development plan for the Blandford + neighbourhood area.

The decision statement and the 'made' Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan 2011 - 2033 are available online and will be available to view at the council's offices (address below) during normal opening hours when the offices reopen to the public.

Dorset Council
County Hall

Referendum Result

The Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on Thursday 6 May 2021 and asked residents: "Do you want Dorset Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Blandford + to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

A majority voted in favour of the neighbourhood plan (YES votes: 2054; NO votes: 394). The turnout was 25.9%. More details regarding the result, plus details of other elections and referendums that took place that day, can be found here.


Dorset Council 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: 

* An errata note has been published regarding the referendum version of the plan

Decision to proceed to referendum

Following the successful examination of the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan and the consultation on a draft Decision Statement, Dorset Council has agreed that the plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The council released a Decision Statement on 22 March 2021 to this effect.

Consultation on Draft Decision Statement 

The council has consulted on a draft Decision Statement relating to whether the plan should proceed to referendum. The consultation was from Friday 8 May 2020 to Friday 26 June 2020. The responses received to the consultation are available to view below. The council has fully considered all of the responses received, including the legal advice submitted by Pimperne Parish Council, prior to issuing its final Decision Statement. 

Responses received to the Draft Decision Statement

Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan Draft Decision Statement Responses
 Document Reference  Response
 BLAN01 (1)  Barry Watson 
 BLAN03 (1)  Cranborne Chase AONB
 BLAN04 (1)  Davis Family
 BLAN07 (1)  Dorset CPRE
 BLAN08 (1)  Hallam Land Management
 BLAN13 (1)  Pimperne Parish Council
 BLAN16 (1)  Wyatt Homes
 BLAN17  Coats Family
 BLAN18  David Lewis
 BLAN19  James Harrison
 BLAN20  Nick Armitage
 BLAN21  Sally Lester-Shaw

Examiner's Report

Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI issued his report  on the submitted Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan on 28 January 2020. He concludes that provided the recommended modification is made, the plan would meet the basic conditions. He, therefore, recommends that the plan, as modified, should proceed to referendum. Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr David Walsh, will decide, in due course, whether the plan should proceed to referendum. As detailed above a consultation is taking place in respect of a draft Decision Statement.


An independent examiner (Mr Terry Kemmann-LaneJP DipTP FRTP) 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 was set out in the Notice of Public Hearing. The agenda for the hearing was published. It included 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.

Habitats Regulation Assessment

Dorset Council, the competent authority responsible for undertaking a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) of the neighbourhood plan, has produced a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA). This is largely based on the information provided in the HRA Report, produced by AECOM, which was submitted with the plan. The HRA concludes that the neighbourhood plan will not adversely affect the integrity of a European site.

Consultation on the Submitted Plan

As the local planning authority, the District Council was required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination takes place. People were given from Friday 15 February to Friday 29 March 2019 to make comments on the plan and its associated documents. An independent examiner (Mr Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI) has been appointed and the representations received will be passed on to him for consideration as part of the examination process.

Representations received to the submission draft Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan

Blandford + Representations table
 Document Reference Response 
 BLAN01 Barry Watson
 BLAN02 Clemdell Limited
 BLAN03 Cranborne Chase AONB
 BLAN04 Davis Family
 BLAN05 Dorset AONB
 BLAN06 Dorset County Council
 BLAN07 Dorset CPRE
 BLAN08 Hallam Land Management
 BLAN09 Historic England
 BLAN10 James Atkins
 BLAN11 Natural England
 BLAN12 North Dorset District Council
 BLAN13 Pimperne Parish Council
 BLAN14 Simon Sherbrooke
 BLAN15 Wates Developments Limited
 BLAN16 Wyatt Homes

Submission Documents

Associated Documents (including Evidence Base documents)

Supporting Documents to Submitted Plan

Documents Relating to Version 1 of the Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan

 National and Local Planning Documents

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