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New Blandford + Neighbourhood Plan (B+NP2)
It’s been a long road so far, but Blandford+ are back with a new and stronger Neighbourhood Plan (B+NP2).
You may recall the original Blandford+ Neighbourhood Plan (B+NP) passed examination in 2017, but the conditions imposed by the examiner to delete two major policies; Policy 1 - Land to the North & East of Blandford Forum, and Policy 10.4 – The designation of Crown Meadows as a ‘Local Green Space’ were unacceptable to the B+ group.
Soon after the examination, North Dorset District Council (NDDC) announced a shortfall in the 5 Year Housing Land Supply. Concerned about the impact that the housing shortfall could have for Blandford, the B+ Steering wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to intervene. With no Local Plan in place, Blandford could miss out on much needed infrastructure such as a new school, or worse still, become vulnerable to unwanted and unplanned development.
The original B+NP was withdrawn in May 2018, and since then Blandford+ have been working with NDDC to increase the scope of the new B+NP2 so it can pick up the work from NDDC’s Local Plan ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation to move forward with planning options for the Blandford + area. We are determined to have the new plan in place in early 2019, much sooner than the Local Plan Review would be able to achieve.
We will be holding informal consultations from the 13th to the 27th July to check that we’ve still got it right. The flyer has been delivered to Blandford+ residents and businesses.
You can be forgiven for thinking ‘Oh no! Not again, just get on with it!’, but with no Local Plan in place, it’s more important than ever for local people to engage with the Neighbourhood Plan to ensure we get the development we need, when and where we need it.
We still need your support…so tell us if we’ve got it right!