Neighbourhood Development Plan

Neighbourhood planning gives us, the community, the power to establish general planning policies for the land in our village.

  • Where do we want new homes?
  • Do we want any offices or other types of building?
  • What should they look like?

Neighbourhood Development Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications.

It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

The parish council has lead on developing a neighbourhood plan since 2012, with support and hard work from various members of the community. The plan and additional supporting documentation have now been submitted to SODC and will then go to an independent inspector. The plan and updated supporting documents are available here:


Section 16 Submission Documents Approved August 2017:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plan [pdf]
  • NDP Supplementary Documents [pdf]
  • Consultation Statement [pdf]
  • Basic Conditions Statement [pdf]

If approved, the plan will be put before the parish in a referendum and, if supported, will then be adopted by SODC. It will be reviewed two years after adoption, and then again at the five year point. Further information on progress and the referendum will appear in the Dorchester News and on this page nearer the time.


2017 Pre-submission consultation

The consultation period began on Monday 27th March and lasted for six weeks until Monday 8th May 2017.

Plan Pre-submission stage documents:

  • Dorchester-on-thames Neighbourhood development plan 2017 [pdf]
  • Supplementary Documents [pdf]
  • Appendices [pdf]

2016 Pre-submission consultation

The consultation period began on Wednesday 30th March and lasted for six weeks until Wednesday 11th May 2016.

Plan Pre-submission stage documents:

  • Dorchester-on-thames Neighbourhood development plan 2016 [pdf]
  • Supplementary documents and Appendices [pdf]

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