The Sutton Poyntz Society proposed that a Neighbourhood Plan should be written and adopted for the village of Sutton Poyntz. A first Newsletter was distributed around the village in February 2016, and support was received from the Society's membership and from the Borough Council. This section of our village website explains what a Neighbourhood Plan is, and gives further information which we hope will be useful for villagers and particularly for the Steering Group who are drafting the Plan.

Progress

Use the links here to see a short summary of our progress, as well as Steering Group Minutes, Newsletters, and other documents.

Latest News

December 2017 - A Newsletter was recently distributed to all villagers, advising them of the next round of consultation that will take place in December. On 1st December, a Place Appraisal is being published, describing the village as it is now and explaining the challenges and opportunities that the village faces. At the same time a detailed survey will be distributed to all villagers, seeking their views on the future of the village. Further details of this Stage 2 Consultation are available, as are the various documents related to this survey.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The concept of a Neighbourhood Plan was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act (follow these links for a "short" guide, or the full Act). It allows a Neighbourhood "to say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like". This is done by the local community generating a development plan for its geographical area. When this Plan is approved (by means of a referendum and a formal Inspection), it sits below the Local Plan (in this case the West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland Local Plan), and is used by the Planning Authority, along with the Local Plan, in evaluating planning applications.

What area are we including?

See the Neighbourhood map for how we have drawn the boundary.

What is the process for developing a Neighbourhood Plan?

There is good advice from the West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council on the process. The steps are:

  • The local community (in this case the Sutton Poyntz Society) submit a proposal to the Local Authority. The proposal sets out the geographical area proposed as the Neighbourhood (see our map), and also the body, known as a Neighbourhood Forum, that will write the Neighbourhood Plan. In this case, we hope that the Sutton Poyntz Society will be able to act as Neighbourhood Forum, although the Forum may need to be a new body created for the purpose;
  • This proposal is publicised and assessed by the Local Authority;
  • When the proposal is approved, the Neighbourhood Forum with assistance from the Local Authority will draft the Neighbourhood Plan. This stage will take some time, and has to include significant consultation with people living in the area, those working in the area, and with landowners and other business proprietors. The Neighbourhood Plan will set out a vision for how the area is to develop in the short term (probably 5 or 10 years), and policies that will achieve that vision;
  • At the end of the drafting phase, the Neighbourhood Forum carries out a more formal consultation with the local community, allowing people 6 weeks to put in their response. The draft Plan is modified if thought necessary, and a consultation report is written. The final draft is then submitted to the Local Authority;
  • The Local Authority then appoint an Inspector to check the Neighbourhood Plan against a number of criteria. These are:
    • that the Plan is in accordance with National, EU, and Local policy;
    • that it has due regard to heritage assets in the area, and to conservation area policy;
    • that proper consultation has been carried out at all stages; and
    • that the Plan contributes to sustainable development for the Neighbourhood.
  • After any final modifications, the Local Authority then run a referendum, to obtain formal approval of the Plan by the local community;
  • If a majority vote for the new Neighbourhood Plan, it is then formally adopted by the Local Authority, and is then used alongside the Local Plan in deciding planning applications.

Key documents will be published on this website as they are created.

How you can get involved?

If you would like to be part of the Steering Group who are writing the Neighbourhood Plan, contact Bill Egerton at Northdown Farmhouse or using our Contact Us email address (in the menu above).

Please also use the Contact Us address (above) if you would like future Neighbourhood Planning newsletters to be sent to you by email.

As we write proposals and drafts, we will use this website as a repository for all our key documents (newsletters, minutes, working papers, policies, presentation material as well as the Plan itself and associated documents). We will welcome comments at any time, again via the Contact Us link above.