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Portland Neighbourhood Plan

Consultation on the Submitted Plan

A final version of the Portland Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Dorset Council for examination.

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 15 August 2019 until 9 October 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 Portland Neighbourhood Plan is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:

Dorset Council, the competent authority responsible for undertaking a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) of the neighbourhood plan, produced a HRA in June 2019. The HRA uses information from a report by AECOM, produced in December 2018 on behalf of Portland Town Council, and was submitted with the plan. An addendum to update the HRA was produced in July 2019 following a consultation response from Natural England. The HRA and its addendum conclude that the neighbourhood plan will not adversely affect the integrity of a European site (designated areas of exceptional ecological importance) providing a number of recommended changes are made to the plan. Policies in the neighbourhood plan were amended to reflect the recommendations of the HRA before the plan was submitted.  The further change required by the addendum has been agreed with the neighbourhood plan group as set out in this email. The examiner will consider the HRA and addendum, including the recommended changes, as part of their examination of the plan.

A hard copy of the Portland Neighbourhood Plan is available to view at the council offices at Commercial Road, Weymouth and South Walks House, Dorchester. Reference copies are also available at Portland Library, Portland Town Council and Osprey Leisure Centre.

The plan and the supporting documents can also be viewed on the Portland Neighbourhood Plan website.

If you wish to comment please contact us by the end of 9 October 2019.

Comments on the plan can be emailed to planningpolicyteamb@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk . Alternatively they can be posted to the Spatial Planning Team at: Dorset Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

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

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