What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced under the 2011 Localism Act, to encourage communities to shape and influence development within the places where they live and work. Neighbourhood plans are produced by community forum groups or parish or town councils, and correspond to the Local Plan. In this case, the Local Plan is prepared by West Dorset District Council. Neighbourhood plans can influence or allocate new housing; produce design policies for allocated sites or for general design policies; protect or identify new community facilities; and identify green spaces to be protected from any future development proposals.
Who is leading it?
A group of local residents have formed a Steering Group to produce the Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan. The members are: Peter Churchill (Chair), Jane Cox, Janey Gordon, John Ridout and Janet Ranger. The qualifying body is Puddletown Area Parish Council. The Steering Group have worked with two consultants to help create the plan; Feria Urbanism and Jo Witherden.
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