Neighbourhood Plan

In 2014 Bradpole Parish Council was invited to join four other local councils to form the local JOINT COUNCILS’  COMMITTEE to prepare a Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan (BANP).

Neighbourhood Plan Presentation 2014

Neighbourhood Plan Project Groups’ Structure

Thanks to all of the work undertaken by a team of local volunteers the Plan document is to be published for public consultation in July 2018.
BANP Vision Statement:

“Bridport and its Neighbours – Shaping our Future

A Neighbourhood Plan by the communities of Allington, Bradpole, Bothenhampton, Bridport, Symondsbury, Walditch and West Bay

The Bridport Area will remain a place we are proud of, with an improved supply of homes for local people, public facilities to match, employment opportunities and with a reduced carbon footprint.  We will preserve our rural setting, the individual characters of our town and parishes, and ease moving about within it.”

Bradpole Councillors have adopted the following Vision Statement to reflect how an adopted Neighbourhood Plan would benefit our residents.

“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.”

Steering Group meeting @ Bradpole Village Hall


–  Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan – Pre submission consultation July 2nd – September 7th 2018.

For the full details:

– May 30 Meeting held between Steering Group & Joint Councils Committee to agree wording of the draft plan document which will be published in early July. The proposed Neighbourhood Plan will now cover the period to 2036 in line with the Local Plan Review.

– May 2018 The Draft Plan is progressing rapidly to a 6 weeks (min) public consultation of the full Plan details commencing July 2018

April 2018 Draft Neighbourhood Plan policies brought together ahead of a statutory final consultation on the WHOLE draft Plan scheduled for  summer 2018.

– March 2018 Timeline updated: Timeline March 2018

– January 2018 Feria Urbanism appointed as Consultants to finalise the Draft Plan for submission.

“Our role is to take the extensive amount of material already prepared by the community and rework into a neighbourhood plan of an appropriate format and with the right content. This will be subject to pre-submission consultation in summer 2018.” – Feria Urbanism


More information about the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan HERE


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

Bradpole Councillors support the concept of Neighbourhood Planning and consider it important that the project is properly undertaken within the local area to ensure the best chance of the final Plan document being acceptable to Bradpole Civil Parish, an independent examiner, and importantly to the residents of all the participating parishes when it eventually is put to a referendum.

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 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 Questions / Answers to the Neighbourhood Plan Project

9 March Questions / Answers to WDDC

Following the re-assurances and undertakings provided 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 continue to monitor the Plan progress to ensure that the undertakings given in March 2016 are upheld:

BANP Roadshow at the 2017 Bradpole Village Féte

BANP Monitoring February 2018

NP Annual Monitoring Review 2017

Bradpole Parish Council Statement March April 2017

Bridport area first stage site assessment survey – Consultation Draft January 2017

BPC RESPONSE to 1st stage site assessment survey

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. This review will start to gain some weight as a material planning consideration as it progresses towards adoption. 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–Portland-Adopted-Local-Plan

Bradpole PC Response to WDDC “Issues & Options” 2017

See also our Planning Page