Pre-Submission Community Consultation
We have been working to produce a Neighbourhood Plan which covers the development of the Parish in the period to 2036. Written by a group of volunteer residents, with advice from people with specialist planning experience it is shaped by the feedback from the various consultations that took place in 2017 and 2018.
The adopted Vision Statement contained in the Plan says what we hope it will help achieve and there are then 6 main sections in the document relating to the environment, climate change and water management, community services and facilities, housing, business services and economy, and traffic, road safety and transport.
Importantly, whilst the new development in the Thornford Road provides 85 new homes in Yetminster, as the plan looks forward for the next 16 years, more housing will be needed and six sites have been identified where, in principle, further housing could be built.
It is essential that we get the Plan right and with the Coronavirus restrictions lifting we are now able to ask you to tell us what you think about it and what it is trying to achieve. With this feedback we can finalise the plan and submit it to Dorset Council for independent review and, hopefully, referendum and subsequent adoption in the knowledge that the community has ownership of it.
The consultation will take 6 weeks and a timetable has been produced to enable this to be undertaken and ensure that the community and the various statutory consultees can comment on the plan. The intention is that it will take place from 7th September to the 19th October with the final document being ready for submission by the beginning of the New Year.
Unfortunately, due to the further Covid 19 advice we have received we are unable to have hardcopies available for people to read at key locations in the village, as we had hoped. We propose therefore to provide a loaned copy for 3 days which, on its return will be quarantined for 72hrs before again being available. It is appreciated that this is somewhat logistically challenging, and loaned copies will only be provided if it is absolutely essential and a person cannot access, or has trouble using, the internet.
In recognising that not everyone will want to read the full document a summary will be available and distributed together with a questionnaire and an explanatory letter to every household. This will stress how important the plan is for the future development of the parish and explain how to access the Plan document online.
Although there will be a questionnaire with the letter (and post-boxes will be set up for them to be posted back to us), people will be encouraged to use the on-line version of this particularly as it enables easy analysis of the results. Consideration is also being given to establishing a “hotline” to enable the working group to answer resident’s questions and concerns.
In addition to the Draft of the Plan itself you are also able to read the various supporting documentation – the Consultation Statement, the Statement of Conformity, the Design Statement, and the AECOM Assessment of the various identified sites.
If you did not receive a consultation letter, please contact Jodie Carter, the Parish Clerk, 01935 83915 / firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a copy of the letter to be sent to you.