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Arne Neighbourhood Plan

Following the successful examination of the Arne Neighbourhood Plan, Dorset Council agreed that the plan, as amended, can proceed to referendum. The council released a Decision Statement on 24 September 2020 to this effect.

Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. The measures will mean that neighbourhood plans may come into force later than they would have done. With this in mind the Government has updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

Arne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Draft (as proposed and amended as a result of the examination) should therefore be taken into account and given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application. 

Arne Neighbourhood Plan Submission for Examination

The Arne Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to an independent examiner for consideration (examination). The statutory period for making responses on the neighbourhood plan expired on the 4 October 2019. An examiner has been appointed to test whether the neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions, and other matters, set out in planning law. The examiner has prepared a report to Arne Parish Council and Dorset Council which states that subject to policy modifications the neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions. The council awaits an updated version of the neighbourhood plan which incorporates the policy modifications identified in the examiner's final report. After considering the updated neighbourhood plan the council will then take a decision on whether to refer the plan to referendum. It will publish its decision on this page of its website. 

Examination latest news

Documents issued by the examiner

Arne Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 Responses

Submission evidence

Arne Neighbourhood Plan

Redesignated area

Equalities Impact Assessment

Environmental Report

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Response to HRA from Natural England

Legal compliance checklist

Consultation statement

Basic conditions statement

Housing Needs Assessment

Local Green Spaces

Arne Neighbourhood Plan area designation

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