Proposed Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

04.01.2018 8:00 am - 15.02.2018 6:00 pm
Jill Ezzard


The Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to North Dorset District Council for examination.

The public has 6 weeks from Thursday 4 January 2018 to Thursday 15 February 2018 to make formal representations on the proposed plan.

An independent examiner is being appointed and the concerns raised during this consultation will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process. In particular, the examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions, satisfies legal requirements, and identifies an appropriate area for a referendum.

The basic conditions, as specified in legislation, are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans are compatible with their wider context. The plan must:

  • have regard to national planning policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;

  • contribute to achieving sustainable development;

  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies of development plan for the area; and

  • be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements

If the neighbourhood plan passes these conditions and is subsequently supported by a local referendum, it will become part of the development plan for North Dorset. Its policies will then be used to determine planning applications in Gillingham alongside other relevant Local Plan policies.

Consultation on the submitted plan

Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 require North Dorset District Council to publicise and invite representations on the plan before the examination takes place.  The consultation period is between Thursday 4 January 2018 and Thursday 15 February 2018. An independent examiner is being appointed and any representations will be passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

All the submission documents and supporting evidence documents can be obtained using the links below. Alternatively, hard copies of the submission documents can be inspected at:

  • District Council Offices, Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum DT11 7LL (8.45am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.00pm on Friday)

  • Gillingham Library, Chantry Fields, Gillingham, SP8 4UA

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Representations should be submitted on the response form provided below and returned by 5pm on Thursday 15 February 2018 to:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR

Post: Planning Policy (North Dorset), South Walks House, South Walks Road, DORCHESTER, DT1 1UZ

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