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 will sit alongside the adopted Local Plan forming 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.”
4 April. The final document has been approved for submission by all participating councils:
27 March. The Joint Councils Committtee of participating parishes take ownership of the draft Plan from the Steering Group this week to present to the various councils for their consideration. Target date of submission to WDDC remains by the end of March ahead of Dorset Council unification.
21 March. Bradpole Council holds an extraordinary meeting to consider both the draft submission documents and a 17-page Govt funded “Health Check” which reveals that a number of changes are to be made.
11 February The Shadow Dorset Council Executive supports a suspension of the West Dorset Local Plan Review i.f.o. a new Dorset Council Local Plan scheduled for 2023. See: Minutes of Shadow Dorset Exec Feb 2019 This decision will have to be ratified by the new Dorset Council.
7 February 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
October 2018 – House of Commons publish briefing paper: HERE
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:
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.
Bradpole Council has always sought to be informed by its residents through consultations within the Civil Parish:
together with our Heritage of Bradpole & Pymore Page
THE LOCAL PLAN
This review is awaiting further direction from the new Dorset Council.
A Neighbourhood Plan also has to comply with the latest version of the National Planning Portfolio Framework:
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:
A further appraisal covering the “Preferred Options” for the next Local Plan, including those sites excluded, was produced in August 2018. 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