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Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan

Following the examination of the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan the council has decided to proceed to referendum.

Neighbourhood Plan referendum

Following the successful examination of the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan, West Dorset District Council agreed to enable the plan, as amended to proceed to referendum. If the neighbourhood plan is supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications. Further information about the referendum will be made available soon on this web page.

Neighbourhood Plan examination

An independent examiner was appointed and issued his examination report (pdf, 278kb) (opens in a new window) on 8 November 2016 with the recommendation that the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan should subject to modification, proceed to referendum.

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

The basic conditions, which are set out in the legislation, are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit with 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

The examiner was also required to consider the area over which a referendum should be held. His recommendation on this point was that the Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Area (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) was appropriate.

Consultation on the submitted plan

As the local planning authority, the council was required to consult on the submitted plan proposals before the examination took place. The consultation period ran for six weeks from Friday 13 May 2016 until Friday 24 June 2016. This gave individuals and organisations an opportunity to raise concerns they may have had about the plan with regard to the content and how it has been prepared. An independent examiner was appointed and any concerns were passed on to them for consideration as part of the examination process.

The  Piddle Valley NP Submission Draft 01 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window) is available to read together with the supporting documents which are as follows:

Additional evidence:

A hard copy of the plan is available at the district council offices in South Walks House and at Sherborne Library. Piddle Valley Parish Council also have a limited number of copies available. If you wish to arrange to view a copy of the plan, please contact Jon Cox.

The plan and the supporting documents can also be viewed on the  Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan (opens in a new window).

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