Newsletter 2

CHESIL BANK PARISH COUNCIL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PROJECT NEWSLETTER Number Two What is a Neighbourhood Plan? Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the government in the Localism Act 2011 and aim to give residents more say in the future use of land and buildings in their area. For example, amongst other things, our plan can say where new homes, shops or offices might be built, identify local social, economic and environmental issues, how important green spaces might be protected and what sort of community services are seen as priority needs for the parish. Once produced, it will require independent examination, consultation with Dorset Council, and if approved and supported by a local referendum, it will be used in conjunction with the Dorset Council’s Local Plan and the UK’s National Planning Policy Framework legislation to make decisions on planning applications. If you would like more information on the project, or help with completing surveys, please contact your village representative; their contact details are shown at the end of this newsletter. Regular updates on progress with the project are also available on our website: . If you would like updates or surveys via e-mail please let your village representative know. The CB PC has also agreed that when the Internet Café in Portesham Village Hall is open, they will provide free help and support for completing surveys if required, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday, 10-12pm. 2 Timescales for the Project: The project formally started on the 1st April 2019, following a successful bid for national funding to undertake the work, and it will probably take around two years to complete. The final published plan is expected to last ten years, and once approved, will be reviewed regularly to ensure it is still relevant and appropriate for the Parish. How are we doing this? ü We have set up a Steering Group which includes parish councillors and village community representatives; this meets regularly to review progress, decide on next steps and agree direction for the project . ü We have developed a communications strategy to update the community on progress to date, to publicise key events and to seek comments on key areas for consideration in the plan; this includes developing a website, publishing regular newsletters , holding regular project team meetings, providing regular updates at parish council meetings, attending local community meetings/events and holding village community workshops. ü We have been successful in getting national funding for the first year of the project; our initial bid for just under £7500 has now been approved, and we are eligible for further funding in 2020 to cover our costs to complete the project by early 2021. ü We have agreed the topic areas that would be included in the major surveys and published the first survey with this newsletter which is due back by the 18th November. We anticipate undertaking a rolling programme of surveys over the next twelve months to create the plan, and the first survey is seen as a crucial input to the Neighbourhood Plan. ü We have also engaged a specialist and experienced planning consultant funded through our grant to help us develop the plan.


The Vision 4 Chesil Steering group have now received the grant funding of £7485.00 for the start of the Neighbourhood plan


The first newsletter has been delivered, consultations have begun in the parishes and funding is about to be sought.

Members of the Vision4Chesil team were at the Chesil Fayre on 4th Aug.

Newsletter #1

Vision4 Chesil Newsletter No1


What is this project about?

The Chesil 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 parish, 

The project is called:  Vision4Chesil

Timescales for the Project:

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?

A Neighbourhood 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 halls.
  • 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
  • A  Steering Group, made up of community volunteers and four parish councillors, one from each village
  • Community Groups from each of the four villages
  • Other relevant organisations., e.g. the CPRE, AONB etc.
  • 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 community
  • 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 undertaken
  • 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 email facilities.
  • 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 Group
  • Your Village Representative on the Steering Group
  • Via the internet at

Soon  –  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:

Abbotsbury:  Peter

Fleet: Saira

Langton Herring: Derek Troughton:

Portesham: Stewart Bayram:

Members of the Steering Group:

Derek Troughton- Chair

Peter Begley-Vice Chair

Ray Doggett

Graham Whitby

Karen Kennedy

Saira Sawtell

Dave Stevens

Stewart Bayram

Ruth Chipp-Marshall

John Coombe

Fredrica Teale

Martin Pearson

Michele Harding- Clerk