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Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan examination

An independent examiner Mr Brian Dodd has been appointed after a decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination. His examination report was released on 26 April 2019 with the recommendation that the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan should, subject to modification, proceed to referendum.

Following the submission of the Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to us and Broadwindsor Group Parish Council on the 1 April 2019 to ask a number of questions. We wrote back to the examiner on the 4 April 2019.

As part of his examination of the plan, the independent examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies legal requirements.

The basic conditions are set out in the legislation, and are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit within their wider context. The plan must:

  • have regard to national planning policies and guidance
  • contribute to achieving sustainable development
  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the      development plan i.e. the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Adopted      Local Plan
  • be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations
  • not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017

At the examination, an independent examiner will provide a review of the plan and make recommendations in accordance with the 2011 Localism Act and related regulations.

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Consultation on the Submitted Plan

As the local planning authority, the council is required to consult on the plan proposals before the examination takes place. The consultation process will run from 12 December until 6 February 2019. This is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to raise concerns they have about the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner will be appointed and any concerns will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

The Broadwindsor Group (including Burstock and Seaborough) Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:

A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House and at Beaminster Library. Broadwindsor Parish Council also has copies available, the Parish Clerk can be contacted if you want to arrange to see them. The Parish Clerk contact details or on the Broadwindsor Parish website.

The plan and the supporting documents can also be viewed on the Broadwindsor Parish website.

If you wish to comment please contact us by the end of 6 February 2019.

Comments on the plan can be emailed to

Alternatively they can be posted to the Planning (Community & Policy Development) Team at: West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

A summary of the comments will be forwarded to the parish council and published on the website. 

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