What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood Plans are part of the process that the Government started with their Localism Act. The District Councils produce what is called the Local Plan, detailing where there will be new development both industrial and residential; what infrastructure will be needed to support the development and how to make all of this sustainable and environmentally friendly. The towns and parish councils (with as much input from the community as possible) then produce their Neighbourhood Plans which define some of the details. They are not supposed to disagree with the District Council’s Local Plan.
In 2013 a number of Councillors and local residents came together to consider the merits and advantages of a joint Neighbourhood Plan incorporating the parishes of Blandford, Blandford St Mary and Bryanston. Their Councils subsequently voted to support this approach and a Steering Group was formed to operate within the confines of the NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING (GENERAL REGULATIONS) 2012.
On 17 February 2014 the Designated Area for the Neighbourhood Plan was approved by North Dorset District Council.
A Steering Group was established including Councillors from all three parishes, residents and the DT11 Forum Community Partnership.
The current Steering Group (September 2017) includes: –
Sara Loch – Chairman
Mrs Sally Gardner, Project Co-ordinator, Blandford Town Council – Group facilitator
Clllr R Carter – Blandford Forum Town Council
Cllr H White – Blandford Forum Town Council
Cllr M Albery – Blandford St Mary Parish Council
Mr D Addison, MBE – Blandford St Mary Parish Council
Cllr J Stayt – Blandford St Mary Town Council and Blandford Forum Town Council
Cllr B Church – Bryanston Town Council
Cllr C Tompsett – Bryanston Town Council
A number of other councillors and residents provide support via working groups and at supplementary meetings.