Neighbourhood Plan (BANP)

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In 2014 West Dorset District Council asked Bradpole Parish Council to join four other local councils to form the local JOINT COUNCILS’  COMMITTEE (JCC) to prepare a Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan (BANP).

Summary of Working arrangements March 2014

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.” 


Latest Information


14th November In a major landmark representatives of the project team link with their design consultant to discuss and finalise the referendum version of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan.

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BANP project members Amanda Streatfeild, David Dixon and Phylidda Culpin finalise the referendum version of the neighbourhood Plan-Nov 2019

After a long journey the final referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan has been agreed by representatives of the Joint Councils’ Committee and the Steering Group.

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Linked to their Design Consultant in Dorchester representatives of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan project Team finalise the Referendum Version of the Plan document.

Many local people and organisations have contributed to this major planning document which will be placed to a referendum of local electors in 2020.

In the meantime please ensure that you are registered to vote






12th November The JCC have met to discuss and agree modifications to the text of the BANP. These have now been agreed by Dorset Council who are responsible for producing the referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan. We hope to have an agreed referendum date,which is likely to be in early 2020, available shortly.

9th October The Independent Examiner has produced a Report for Dorset Council to consider and finds the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan and the policies within it, subject to the recommended modifications, does meet the Basic Conditions.           

Sept Dorset Council provides an update on the Examination process DORSET COUNCIL re Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan

29 August. JCC meets to agree a response to just two questions from the Independent Examiner who is seeking clarification on some points.

1 August. JCC meets to hear progress on the Independent Examination process.

4 July. Parish delegates receive an update at a meeting of the Joint Councils Committee (JCC).

Dorset Council have completed a statutory consultation on the submitted Plan and will publish an online summary report.

In liaison with the JCC an Independent Examiner has been appointed to undertake the next stage (REG17) ahead of an eventual public vote.

May. Following this month’s local elections the Joint Councils Committee, representing the participating parishes, will reconvene and will be representing the BANP project at the local level.

All enquiries relating to the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan should be directed to the secretary  to the Joint Councils Committee at Bridport Town Council, 

BANP correspondence which relates solely to Bradpole Civil Parish should be copied to the Bradpole Parish Clerk.

29 April. The document is submitted to Dorset Council who will now manage the project through to a public vote.

BANP Submission Document – April 2019

4 April 2019. The final document has been approved for submission by all participating councils.


October 2018 – House of Commons publish a Neighbourhood Planning briefing paper: House of Commons Briefing Paper

More information about the evidence supporting the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan BRIDPORT COUNCIL Neighbourhood Plan Evidence


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 

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

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Bradpole Council has always sought to be informed by its residents through consultations within the Civil Parish:

2011 Parish Plan

2016 Parish Plan Review.

See also Bothenhampton, Bradpole, Symondsbury & Walditch Conservation Report

together with our Heritage of Bradpole & Pymore Page



A local Neighbourhood Plan has to comply with the adopted 2015 West Dorset Local Plan which itself had been under review but which is now suspended. Following unification Dorset Council has now embarked upon a NEW LOCAL PLAN process to incorporate the gathered evidence from West Dorset.

Bradpole PC Response to WDDC “Issues & Options” 2017

A Neighbourhood Plan also has to comply with the latest version of the National Planning Portfolio Framework:

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

2018 Sustainability-appraisal-preferred-options

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2018

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Site Search

Interactive SHLAA Map

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

See also our Planning Page

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