Neighbourhood Plan

In 2014 West Dorset District Council asked Bradpole Parish Council to join four other local councils to form the local JOINT COUNCILS’  COMMITTEE to prepare a Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan (BANP).
When completed, a Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the formal Planning structure and will be taken into account when assessing the suitability of new development proposals.
Bradpole Parish Council BANP Vision Statement

“The Neighbourhood Plan will enable settlements within Bradpole Civil Parish to be places where the individual character, identity, heritage, amenity and natural landscape will be preserved, where new development will provide homes to meet the expressed needs of their residents and where opportunities will arise to provide enhanced community and infrastructure facilities accompanied by improved connectivity with the health, social and other public services in our neighbouring parishes.” 

Neighbourhood Plan Presentation 2014

Neighbourhood Plan Project Groups’ Structure

2018 Neighbourhood Planning “Roadmap” Guide

Steering Group meeting @ Bradpole Village Hall


Latest Information

11 February Dorset Shadow Executive to consider future of current Local Plan Reviews as unification approaches.

7 February Bradpole Councillors re-affirm 2017 council policy based upon resident feedback relating to the Neighbourhood Plan BPC BANP policy

Joint Councils advised that the BANP team are working with WDDC to achieve a submission of the draft neighbourhood plan by 31st March 2019 ahead of Council unification.

January 2019 – Late January submission deadline unlikely to be met as work continues on re-writing policies. Bridport Town Council committee told that gathered evidence does not support policies (Housing & Centre of Bridport) as currently drafted and that the Joint Councils Committee will need to decide those policies that should be carried forward. Committee minutes item 47.

December 2018 – AECOM have produced a number of recommendations relating to certain policy areas ahead of the final draft Plan being produced for consideration and ratification by the individual parishes. Bradpole Councillors express concern over further project delays and in particular the viability of the Plan. Council minutes Dec 2018 item 8

November 2018 – Analysis of the results continues, policies are being amended to reflect the consultation responses and compliance requirements. UK Govt.-sourced funding has been agreed to provide technical assistance from AECOM.

October 2018 – House of Commons publish briefing paper: HERE

Sept 2018 – Response received form WDDC indicating a number of proposed policy areas where there is divergence from both Local & National guidelines.

– Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan – REG 14 Pre submission consultation now closed. REG 14 Summary Results

How the UK Government interprets Consultation responses.

More information about the evidence supporting the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan HERE


BRADPOLE PARISH COUNCIL &  Neighbourhood Planning
“Ensuring town & parish councils retain responsibility for their own areas”

A Primary responsibility of Bradpole Parish Council is to represent the views of residents of the Civil Parish. These representations are agreed by the council, as a corporate body, and reflect the responses and views expressed by residents in various consultations and public gatherings.

In 2017 Bradpole Council published its response to the various development land options that had been brought forward at the time:

Bradpole response to 2017 Development Land Assessment Survey 

Jan 2019: This response still holds good and, together with the 2016 Environment & Heritage report (detailed below) and residents responses to our Parish Plan consultations, has informed the Bradpole Council comments on the Pre submission consultation.  

As well as providing an opportunity for residents to have a say on future developments within their communities a Neighbourhood Plan also provides an important opportunity to identify the green spaces, landscape and historic features to protect within our communities. see Protecting Bradpole’s Landscape.


See our:  Bradpole Parish Council Environment & Heritage Report – 2016

See also Bothenhampton, Bradpole, Symondsbury & Walditch Conservation Report

together with our Heritage of Bradpole & Pymore Page

Bradpole Parish Councillors raised a number of concerns about the project in early 2016 and these were addressed at an Extraordinary meeting held in March 2016.

The minutes for that meeting, together with questions raised by Bradpole Councillors and answers provided by the project team and West Dorset District Council, can be read by following these links:

Extra-ordinary Meeting minutes 9 March 2016

9 March 2016 Questions / Answers to the Neighbourhood Plan Project

9 March 2016 Questions / Answers to WDDC

Following the re-assurances and undertakings provided both by WDDC and the Project Team Bradpole Councillors decided that it was in the best interests of the Civil Parish to remain within the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan as it provides the best way in which to meet the aspirations of residents described in the 2011 Parish Plan and re-emphasised in the 2016 Parish Plan Review. The responses received in consultations continues to inform Bradpole Parish Council’s decision-making.

Councillors will monitor the project to ensure that the given undertakings are upheld.

BANP Monitoring February 2018

BPC / BANP Policy Jan 2017

BANP Roadshow at the 2017 Bradpole Village Féte

The interests of Bradpole Civil Parish will continue to be protected by the:

Summary of Working arrangements March 2014



A local Neighbourhood Plan has to comply with the adopted 2015 West Dorset Local Plan which is itself under review. The current review will start to gain some weight as a material planning consideration as it progresses towards adoption planned for early 2020. The degree of weight given to each draft policy will vary, depending on whether or not the issue is contentious and to what extent it is consistent with the  national planning policy framework(opens in a new window)Open this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Bradpole PC Response to WDDC “Issues & Options” 2017

As part of the Local Plan Review a Landscape and Heritage Survey has been produced in which the sensitive areas in Bradpole Civil Parish are highlighted under the following areas:

Area 1 Land around the Bradpole Conservation Area

Area 2 Land around Lee Lane

Area 8 Land around Watton Hill & Pymore

All three areas are rated as having an overall moderate-high sensitivity.

The full report for Bridport is here:

2018 Landscape & Heritage Study Bridport

A further appraisal covering the “Preferred Options” for the next Local Plan, including those sites excluded,  was produced in August 2018:

2018 Sustainability-appraisal-preferred-options

The Bridport Area, including Bradpole, may be found on pages 121/8 of this appraisal.

A full list of the Local Plan Review evidence base may be accessed HERE

See also our Planning Page

Bradpole Parish Council Working for the whole of the Bradpole Civil Parish Community