Vision4 Chesil Newsletter No1
What is this project about?
Parish Plan was produced in 2010 and rather than update this, the Parish
Council agreed in late 2018 to produce instead
a consolidated Neighbourhood Plan, managed as a project, sponsored by the
Parish Council, which would be created
through consultation with the communities in the four villages that make up the
The project is called:
Timescales for the Project:
formally started on the 1st April and will take around two years to
complete. The published plan is expected
to last ten years from acceptance by the community and Parish Council, and will
be reviewed regularly to ensure it is still relevant and appropriate for the Parish.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Plan is a planning document which will guide the future development of the
area, focusing on the use and development of land and housing, but also taking
account of the associated local social, economic and environmental issues. It
should be noted that it is a legal document and once established the Local
Planning Authority is obliged to refer to it.
What areas might the Neighbourhood Plan cover ?
- A general description of the area, its key
features and household data
- The development of housing, including
preferred priorities for affordable housing, or bringing vacant or derelict
housing back into use, and the built environment
- Economic development and provision for
businesses to set up, or expand to create employment opportunities, new
products or services
- Proposals for improved transport and access,
including identifying issues around road usage, cycling, public transport.
- The development of schools, education, health and well-being facilities, community and youth centres and village
- Utilities and amenities, including open
spaces, nature reserves, play areas, parks and gardens and other infrastructure
Who is involved in developing and agreeing the plan?
- The Chesil Bank Parish Council
Steering Group, made up of community volunteers and four parish
councillors, one from each village
- Community Groups from each of the four
- Other relevant organisations., e.g. the CPRE,
- The newly established Dorset Council
- An independent reviewing organisation
- The Department of Housing, Communities and
Local Government [DHCLG]
How we are developing the Neighbourhood Plan;
- A commitment to continuous engagement of the
- To undertake surveys to get more detail on
what should be included in the plan and to identify key priorities
- Analysis and presentation of the findings
from the surveys for inclusion in the plan and other research
- Developing an outline plan, which will
require independent professional evaluation to create a more formal plan
- Once finalised, the Neighbourhood Plan will
be presented back to the community for adoption, and if accepted, the plan
becomes a legal document.
Progress so far:
- The Parish Council has agreed which four
councillors will represent each village, please see contact details overleaf.
- A project steering group has been created
from community volunteers from each village, chaired by a representative from
Langton Herring, please see contact details overleaf .
- The Parish Council has agreed to fund an
upgraded web-site to help with communications, although paper forms and
newsletters etc will be also be available where members of the community prefer
this as a way of contributing to developing the plan.
- The Steering Group is meeting regularly to
discuss how community engagement will be undertaken, and it is the intention to
produce a newsletter at least every two months
describing progress with producing the plan.
- An outline project plan has been drafted and
will be presented to the Parish Council in May.
- The Steering Group has also drafted an
outline of the questions to be asked when individual village surveys are
- The Steering Group has been exploring ways to
apply for funding to produce the plan, and central government grants will be
available in due course to help with this.
What’s Next: May and June
- Starting the community engagement process, including developing
ideas for workshops, presentations,
setting up village Neighbourhood Planning Groups etc
- Presenting the project plan for delivering
the Neighbourhood Plan to the Parish Council
- Reviewing other existing Dorset Neighbourhood
Plans to see what can be learnt from their experiences
- Setting up dedicated website, Facebook and
- Setting out the major themes to be included
in the first village surveys; ideally, undertaking at least one survey
Where and how to get more information:
- Parish Council Meeting notes and the website
- Your local Parish Councillors
- Your local Parish Councillor on the Steering
- Your Village Representative on the Steering
- Via the internet at https://neighbourhoodplanning.org
A summary in the Chesil Parish Magazine
Soon – Regular Newsletters
Soon – Via e-mail – please register your
interest for receiving updates by letting your village representatives know
your email contact information.
Soon – your village community group
Local contact details:
Fleet: Saira Sawtell:firstname.lastname@example.org
Langton Herring: Derek Troughton:
Portesham: Stewart Bayram:
Members of the Steering
Derek Troughton- Chair
Peter Begley-Vice Chair
Michele Harding- Clerk