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Buckland Newton Neighbourhood Plan

At the beginning of 2011, Buckland Newton Parish Council decided to start on the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish. A Working Group was set up of both Parish Councillors and other Parishioners who were interested in taking part in this project.  The area for our Neighbourhood Plan was approved in February 2013 and covers the whole of the Civil Parish of Buckland Newton. A Neighbourhood Plan will allow us, as a community, to decide what happens in our own Parish in the future (within certain limits and parameters). These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work, and can include giving opportunities to: choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built have your say on what new buildings should look like grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead. The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is now available and a Consultation Period (from Thursday 21st May to Saturday 4th July 2015) will take place.  Please click on the link to download the draft Plan as a pdf file.  The Public Consultation period is now closed.

Buckland Newton Parish Plan

After further discussion in October 2011, the Parish Council agreed to additionally prepare a Parish Plan at the same time as the Neighbourhood Plan. These would jointly be called the Buckland Newton Community PlanParish Plans differ from Neighbourhood Plans, in that they deal with topics not covered by the Planning Acts and Regulations. There is no set format, and can cover whatever needs, hopes and issues the Parishioners wish. These can include, for example:     • Speeding traffic • Dog fouling     • Sports facilities • Grass cutting     • Broadband speed • Recycling facilities     • Clearing footpaths • Youth clubs     • Transport to doctor • Allotments  A typical Parish Plan lists the parishioners’ issues that have been identified and include a realistic action plan and timetable to try to resolve them wherever possible.  The Parish Plan for Buckland Newton was completed in Autumn 2013 and approved by the Parish Council.  It can be downloaded as a pdf file by clicking the link or on
’ page and then review the contents of the ‘Proposed Sites’ and ‘Local Issues’ pages.  Please then record your thoughts on Neighbourhood Plan Mission Statement Like other Neighbourhood Plans being drawn up, we have a 'Mission Statement' and 'Strategic Objectives' to help guide the direction and content of our Plan.

Mission Statement

"To maintain Buckland Newton Parish as a thriving rural community, and to ensure its long term future by working towards meeting the needs of those who live and work in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."

Strategic Objectives

To aim to meet diverse local housing needs taking into account changing demographics and social requirements To keep housing development to a small scale, designed to a high quality which is sustainable and is complementary to neighbouring properties To support existing business, encourage new enterprises and facilities which will enhance commercial effectiveness and employment opportunities To preserve the long term future of the area by retaining and, if possible, enhancing local services and facilities, promoting a safe and healthy community To protect and enhance the natural and built environment of the Parish including its landscape, built heritage, archaeological sites and wildlife habitats.  To reduce vulnerability to the impact of severe weather i.e. flooding, etc

Public Consultation

West Dorset District Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. People are being given six weeks from Thursday 28 January 2016 until the end of Thursday 10 March 2016, to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced. Any concerns submitted during the consultation period will be passed on to the independent examiner for consideration.   The plan and supporting documents can be viewed online at Dorset for You via the following link:  A hard copy of the plan will be made available at the district council offices in South Walks House and at Sherborne Library. Buckland Newton Parish Council also has a hard copy available; please contact the Parish Council Chairman, Rodney Cuff,  on 01300 345309 or email the Parish Clerk at   Comments on the plan can be emailed to Alternatively they can be posted to the Planning (Community & Policy Development) Team at: West Dorset District Council, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ. A summary of the representations will be forwarded to the parish council and published on this website.

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters).  These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work. Once a Plan has been finalised it will have to be checked by an Independent Examiner to make sure it complies with the District Council Local Plan and any National Policies.  There will then be a referendum of all the Parish Electors, and if a majority vote in favour of the Plan it will be adopted as part of the Local Plan. The Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report is now included on this website.  Click above to view. See more at:

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Plan submission

The Parish Council has taken into account the comments and representations received from both the parishioners and statutory consultees in the public consultations last year, and has made and agreed final amendments to the draft neighbourhood plan. The Parish Council has now submitted the draft plan, along with the required supporting documentation, to West Dorset District Council. Please click here to go to these documents.