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About The Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee

William Kenealy Chairman of Steering Committee

Jackie Upton King  Secretary

John Parker (Chairman Shaftesbury Task Force) Focus open spaces.

Bernard Ede (Resident of Shaftesbury) Focus on mapping and open spaces

James Hughes (Shaftesbury business owner) Focus on business and NPG web site update

TBD Focus on business & infrastructure issues

Mick Hicks (Member of Civic Society) Focus on Historical Environment

Carol Arneborg (Shaftesbury resident & CPRE Rep) Focus on Historical Environment

Richard Thomas (Shaftesbury resident) Focus on Arts & Creative environment

Simone Markham (Melbury Abbas & Cann Councillor) Focus on rural issues

William Kenealy (Melbury Abbas & Cann Chairman) Focus on rural & transport issues

Brian Hughes (Melbury Abbas & Cann Councillor) Focus on transport issues

About the Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann Neighbourhood Plan
What is a Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan can allow local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. (It’s a statutory document unlike “Community Action Plans”)

It can be used to:
• Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood.
• Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
• Identify and protect important local green spaces.
• Influence what new buildings should look like.


Misconceptions about Neighbourhood Plans

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot…
•  Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority.
•  Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan.
•  Be prepared by a body other than parish or town council or a neighbourhood forum.


Why produce a Neighbour hood plan?

•Set the ground rules for development in the area (via planning policies), can also define new projects.
• More detailed policies than might exist in the Local Plan
• Conserve heritage and local character
• Involve the community in how the Town develops
• Extra Money for local projects – Help district authority direct S106 funds (free up locked funds)
• Community infrastructure levy (CIL) – 25% (uncapped) goes to local communities with a N.D.P.