The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan was officially 'made' by North Dorset District Council on 27 July 2018.

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

This decision statement and the adopted Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan are available online and can be inspected 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday at:

Dorset Council
County Hall
Colliton Park


The plan and the proposed modifications were reported to a NDDC Cabinet meeting on 29 May 2018.  Members decided that the neighbourhood plan, as modified, could proceed to referendum.  The referendum took place on 12 July 2018.  A majority (91%) voted for North Dorset District Council to use the neighbourhood plan to help decide planning applications in Gillingham.  Please see below for documents relevant to the referendum.

Examiner's Report

David Kaiserman (BA Dip TP MRTP) issued his report on the submitted Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan on 4 April 2018. He concluded that provided the recommended modifications are made, the plan would meet the basic conditions. He therefore recommended that the plan, as modified, should proceed to a referendum. 

Submission for Examination

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 (David Kaiserman).  The Examiner considers whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and will identify an appropriate area for a referendum.

Consultation on the submitted plan

Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 requires North Dorset District Council to publicise and invite representations on the plan before the examination takes place.  The consultation period was between Thursday 4 January 2018 and Thursday 15 February 2018.  During this period, the following representations were received:

Document reference Response
GIL01 Allard Family
GIL02 C Wheelwright
GIL03 R Monksummers
GIL04 T Flynn
GIL05 R Pilkington
GIL06 Historic England
GIL07 Highways England
GIL08 Dorset County Council
GIL09 Y Phillips
GIL10 H Bryant
GIL11 P Sweeney
GIL12 Natural England
GIL13 Cranborne Chase AONB
GIL14 Persimmon
GIL15 G Longcroft
GIL16 C G Fry
GIL17 Magna Housing
GIL18 Network Rail
GIL19 S & P Joyce
GIL20 Aldi Stores
GIL21 North Dorset District Council
GIL22 St Benedict's Catholic Church

Submission documents

Detailed maps extracted from the GNP submission draft

Supporting evidence

Supporting evidence - chapters 1 to 4

Supporting evidence - chapter 5

Supporting evidence - chapter 6

Supporting evidence - chapters 7 to 9

Supporting evidence - chapter 10

Supporting evidence - chapter 11

Supporting evidence - chapters 12 to 13

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