WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder is calling on residents to respond to Dorset Council’s Local Plan, which is now open for consultation until March 15.
Mr Loder says the Local Plan for Dorset, which not only sets out the quantity of future houses planned but identifies where those houses can be built, will impact the future of the county’s employment, community services, schools, retail, leisure and much more.
Once adopted, the plan will guide decisions on planning applications in Dorset until 2038.
The MP has a strong view, which is shared by the CPRE – formerly the Campaign to Protect Rural England – about the Local Plan for Dorset.
He says it needs to support our village and local economies and that we should not be planning for large-scale developments, such as the 4,000 houses proposed to the north of Dorchester, which is in stark contrast to the Dorset Council position.
Mr Loder said: ““I believe our rural economies are not well served by enormous new housing developments of the scale planned for the north of Dorchester.
“New housing should go to support our local market town and village economies by protecting the future of our village shops, schools, pubs, garages, and churches – rather than enabling urban sprawl.
“If you feel strongly about it, you must act now to ensure your view is taken into account. You need to ensure that your local Dorset Councillor, who will be able to vote on the plan in due course, knows your view.
“It’s also vital that you also respond to the consultation personally.”
Chris Loder encourages residents to visit his website at www.chrisloder.co.uk/localplan for further information on the plan and how to respond.
Residents can also make their views known at a virtual meeting of Lyme Regis Town Council’s Planning Committee on February 16 at 7pm, when members will discuss the council’s response to the consultation.
The public can give their comments and help inform the council’s response.
Anyone wishing to attend and speak is asked to notify the council in advance at by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01297 445175.
The agenda for the meeting will be available from February 11 on the council website at www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/planning-committee