Beaminster residents have chance to shape their community

Residents of Beaminster have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.

West Dorset District Council has received a request from Beaminster Town Council for the approval of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.

Residents can view the proposed area online at dorsetforyou.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning/west/Weymouth , at South Walks House in Dorchester or Bridport Town Council offices, Bridport.

A Neighbourhood Plan aims to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices in their town or village are considered.

Residents who have any comments about whether this is the right area for the Neighbourhood Plan to cover can send them to the Spatial Policy team at West Dorset District Council by Friday 1 December 2017.

Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the district council for independent examination. It will also be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.

Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, said:

“Residents in Beaminster have a great opportunity to plan the future of their area.

“Anyone who wishes to have their say on the neighbourhood plan area can do so by sending their comments to the district council.”

Cllr Peter Barrowcliff, West Dorset District Council Ward Member for Beaminster, said:

“Neighbourhood plans provide an important opportunity for residents to help determine the future of their area. I applaud Beaminster Town Council for their initiative in beginning this process.

Residents can comment by post at West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ or email s.policy@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk.

Those interested in helping with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can contact Cllr Janet Page by phone , by emailcnj@hand-n-head.uk or the Town Clerk by email townclerk@beaminster-tc.gov.uk

Any parish council or parish meeting that might be interested in forming a neighbourhood plan should contact s.policy@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk for more information.