Have your say on Charmouth’s draft Neighbourhood Plan

charmouthA NEW consultation period for Charmouth’s Neighbourhood Plan will get underway at the end of the month, having been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The village’s draft Neighbourhood Plan was ready for public viewing from early April for a six week consultation period, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak this had to be postponed.

Following some changes to the way the draft plan will be communicated, consultation has now been rearranged to start on Friday, July 31 for a six-week period.

Over the past four years a dedicated team of local volunteers, working on behalf of the Charmouth Parish Council, have been developing the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Charmouth reflecting the wishes of the people who live and work here and is now ready for public consultation.

People who live, work or run businesses in Charmouth parish will have the opportunity to comment on the plan, including certain statutory bodies.

The neighbourhood planning regulations require the draft to be the subject of a pre-submission consultation before it is submitted to Dorset Council for independent examination.

An opportunity to have your say!

This is an opportunity for residents and businesses to have their say before the draft plan is forwarded to Dorset Council.

The plan will be available for viewing and making comments from 9am on Friday, July 31 to 5pm on Friday, September 11 online at www.charmouthparishcouncil.gov.uk/charmouth-nhp with an online response form at www.charmouthparishcouncil.gov.uk/np-consultation.

Alternatively, a paper copy of the draft plan can delivered to those Charmouth residents without internet access.

Residents who would like to borrow a copy are requested to telephone 01297 561024 and arrangements will be made for a loan paper copy (with comments form) to be delivered to and collected from your home address during the consultation period.

All paper copies of the plan will be quarantined beforehand so will be safe to handle.

All comments will need to be returned either online or collected within the timescales above.

All responses received by the above date will be considered by Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and may be utilised to amend the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Following this, a Consultation Statement including a summary of all comments received and how these were considered will be made available for viewing along with the amended Neighbourhood Plan.

What this plan gives you

This Neighbourhood Plan sets out planning policies for Charmouth parish. It will be used by Dorset Council when making decisions on planning applications.

Andy Bateman, chairman of the Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “It doesn’t cover every issue that could occur as a planning consideration, but it does strengthen the approach taken in the Local Plan by providing more detail of specific issues in some key areas that will make the planning system work better for Charmouth.

“Overall, Charmouth Neighbourhood Plan reflects a balance between encouraging moderate growth and development whilst protecting the uniqueness of our village and its natural environment.”

The plan includes 22 draft policies in total included within the plan covering Heritage and History, Assets and Amenities, Natural Environment, Local Economy, Housing, Getting Around and Energy Efficiency and Coastal Change.

If you would like to find out more about Charmouth’s Neighbourhood Plan, visit the website www.charmouthparishcouncil.gov.uk/charmouth-nhp or if you want to discuss the draft plan, there will be telephone sessions via the number 01297 561024 arranged at the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, August 8, 10am to 12noon
  • Monday, August 17, 7pm to 9pm
  • Wednesday, August 26, 10am to 12noon
  • Saturday, September 5, 10am to 12noon
  • Thursday, September 10, 7pm to 9pm
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