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A Public Meeting was held on the 22nd October 2018 in Portesham Village Hall the purpose of which was to seek support for the production of a Neighbourhood Plan which would be sponsored by the Parish Council. It was agreed that the activity of producing a Neighbourhood Plan should commence and in order to facilitate this a separate Steering Group has been set up comprising volunteers from the 4 villages and Parish Council Representatives. This group is now meeting on a regular basis and some preliminary work has been carried out. The main priority for the near term is to produce a costed and resourced Project Plan which can be used as a basis for establishing project funding.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a planning document which will guide the future development of the area, focusing on the use and development of land but taking account of the associated 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.

How will it be produced?

The production of the Neighbourhood Plan will be led by the Steering Group but through consultation with the community. Early engagement with the community to identify key issues in the area will shape the aims and policies of the plan. The evidence gathering will be done through questionnaires and community workshops.

How long will it take?

The production of a Neighbourhood Plan is a non-trivial task and it may take 2 or 3 years to complete the process, depending on its scope and level of detail.

How do I get involved?

There is a significant amount of work involved and additional help from the community will at times be required. If you would like to get involved, then please contact your village rep or Michele Harding ( or Derek Troughton (

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