What is Neighbourhood Planning?
The Localism Act has reformed the planning system to give local people new
rights to shape the development of their own communities. Parish and Town
Councils can now prepare a Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted as part of the
Local Planning Authority’s Development Framework and will be used to
determine planning applications.
Blandford Forum Town Council has agreed to act as the lead
council in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Blandford Forum and
surrounding parishes. Blandford St Mary, Bryanston and Pimperne Parish
Councils have agreed to work with the Town Council to prepare a Plan that
is beneficial to the community to preserve and enhance this part of North
Why prepare a Neighbourhood Plan?
Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan will aid communities in shaping development
in their area. It will bring residents, elected representatives and
community groups together and can also create lasting partnerships.
The DT11 Community Partnership has already confirmed that
their expertise and support is available should the Town and Parish
Councils require it to develop our Neighbourhood Plan. The Town and Parish
Councils have welcomed their offer and also look forward to involving
residents, businesses, landowners and developers. If you would like to be
involved in preparing the Neighbourhood Plan for Blandford Forum and
surrounding parishes please do not hesitate to
contact Blandford Forum
How to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan?
North Dorset District Council (NDDC) has identified model guidance that will
assist the Town and Parish Councils to be able to start the process. The
guidance can be obtained by following the link below:
The CPRE have also published guidance on preparing a Neighbourhood Plan
which you may find useful:
Our Neighbourhood Plan must accord with NDDC Core Strategy.
Currently NDDC is planning to carry out targeted consultations at the
beginning of June 2012 in light of the publication of the National
Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The consultation will only be targeted
at three key areas in the Draft Core Strategy namely, overall housing
numbers, growth in villages, and the strategic housing allocation in
Gillingham only. Free submission consultations will take place at the end
of the year in light of the NPPF. With this in mind the Town and Parish
Councils have decided to collectively formulate a response to NDDC, before
the Draft Core Strategy is adopted so that it reflects what the community