North Dorset Local Plan Review – Issues & Options Consultation
North Dorset District Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan for the District, which will replace the North Dorset Local Plan Part 1 (adopted in January 2016) and those parts of the North Dorset-District Wide Local Plan (adopted in January 2003) that are still extant. As part of the Local Plan Review the Council will be consulting on an Issues & Options Document. The consultation period will start on 27 November 2017 and end at 5pm on 22 January 2018.
The document considers, amongst other things, how much development the Council should be planning for and where that development should be located within the District. It is currently intended that the Local Plan Review will cover the period to 2033.
The Issues & Options Document, Sustainability Appraisal, consultation response form and other associated documents will be accessible via the link below from the 27 November 2017.
Once the consultation has commenced hard copies of the Issues & Options Document and the Sustainability Appraisal will be available to view at the Council’s Offices, Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7LL and at South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UZ during normal opening hours. The documents will also be available to view at the public libraries in North Dorset. Details regarding the locations of the libraries and their opening hours can be accessed via the following link:
As part of the consultation on the Issues & Options Document the Council has arranged a number of drop-in events at which residents and other interested parties will be able to view what is being considered. Officers will also be available to answer questions. Details regarding the drop-in events are as follows:
- Blandford – Monday 27 November 2017 (10am to 7pm)
Council Chamber, Nordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AF
- Shaftesbury – Wednesday 29 November 2017 (10am to 7pm)
Ground Floor, Town Hall, High Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JE
- Gillingham – Tuesday 5 December 2017 (10am to 7pm)
Shreen Room, Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4HX
- Sturminster Newton – Monday 11 December 2017 (10am to 7pm)
Bow Room, The Exchange, 1 Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1FH
- Stalbridge – Tuesday 12 December 2017 (1.30pm-7pm)
TheHub@Stalbridge, Station Road, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2RG
Please be aware that all responses to the consultation will subsequently be available for inspection by members of the public and other interested parties.
All of the responses to the consultation will be considered prior to the Council progressing to the next stage of the review process which will involve the production of a Preferred Options Document. The Preferred Options Document will also be subject to public consultation.